Opus signinum

Opus signinum

Opus signinum is a style of pavement first used in ancient Rome. It is marked by its use of a variety of materials, such as gravel, stone and terra cotta, arranged in limestone or clay. The pattern would be extremely rough, or no pattern would exist at all. The trend began in the 1st century BC, proliferating in private homes as well as public buildings. By the 2nd century, opus signinum designs would give way to more patterned styles of pavement.


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