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Original italian made manufactured products

On the Via Cassia, between the Veio Park and the territory of Nepi, in a staging post dating from the 1500s, Cottoartigiano has converted some of the rooms into showrooms and others into a workshop for the working of old materials, materials salvaged from old Italian houses and farmhouses.

All the work carried out on the materials is done by hand in the workshop so as not to remove the patina of time from the surfaces.

As well as terracotta, majolica, marble, wood and mosaic flooring, all salvaged Italian materials, we also have roof tiles, slates, portals, baths, fireplaces, tables, sinks, vases and anything else that could be used as interior and exterior furnishings to furnish with class and taste.

To view our work, we enclose some short but interesting photographic material of interiors and exteriors using our floorings and pavements in houses, farmhouses and apartments. The work was carried out in Italy, France, Germany, England and the United States.

The terracotta floor and wall coverings are salvaged from various parts of Italy, each in a unique shade. This is due to the numerous clay quarries scattered along the Apennine slopes down to Sicily. They keep the base colour of their place of origin such as the red from Emilia and Tuscany, the ochre of Siena, the yellow of north Lazio, the blonde of Campania, the straw yellow of Puglia, the red purple of Calabria and the citron pink of Sicily. Superimposed on the colours of the clay are the colours of the different firing methods in the numerous kilns in past centuries, unfortunately no longer in existence. In these kilns the material was fired with a direct flame using wood or the residual of olive processing. These procedures, depending on the temperature, completed the shades of the various firings. The various colour gradations, from brown to yellow, to oxidized green caused by the oxidation of time are not reproducible today and have inspired us to reuse them to reproduce the various compositions according to the traditional designs of past centuries.

Versailles, Fontainbleu, Chantilly, Grenoble, Provence...the magic names of the composition of wood for flooring in the XVII, XVIII and XIX centuries. The light and dark coloured French oak, polished or unpolished, is the material that gives the necessary tone to the great designers for the opulence of their projects in the castles and houses of that era. So we offer this product studying both the traditional designs and techniques and the various finishes and colours.

Used for centuries on the consular roads, in castles and abbeys, it remains one of the most universal floorings. In its austere simplicity, stone is still intact today but nicer for the use over time. It is the only material where the intervention of man is recognizable after thousands of years. On the ancient roads there are tracks of carts with the wear of hooves, cloistral flooring where the marks of Franciscan sandals and peasants' and patricians' shoes can be seen. The flagging of castle atria, stables or pulpits where the promiscuity of man, carts and animals have left permanent marks. This whole world has vanished, but is present in the marks that are still visible, and it has encouraged us to further our commitment to the salvage and re-use of these materials.

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