Terrecotte Europe specialize in providing highly qualitative handmade terracotta wall and floor tiling, building materials for renovation and restoration and pottery from a selective number of Italian and Spanish producers, who have a long history of producing outstanding handmade terracotta. Being a natural material, terracotta and its wonderfully charming look creates joyful living and is available in various colours and finishes to suit your taste. We happily invite consumers, architects and designers to enjoy our products in their designs. We are dedicated to contributing to the architectural and designing process by presentation of designs, applications, samples and information on installation and maintenance of our products. All our products meet the required standards.


The Ars Vetus finish is completely innovative, the flagship of Fornace Bernasconi. It is the fruit of continuous research in respect of materials and ancient traditions. Born from the aesthetic and functional need to find a suitable brick for the restoration of the Flavio amphitheater in Rome (Colosseum): the superintendency was looking for the "perfect" brick.

After a period of research Bernasconi managed to find the right work that could give the brick the desired characteristics. This is a vibro finish with the use of inert material that is carried out after the firing can give the brick the effect and the taste of a real lived brick, to the point of being indistinguishable from the more expert eye. 

This type of processing also represents a sort of selection since the brick is subjected to high stresses for more than 30 minutes: if the brick has imperfections it would not exceed this stress and would break. The bricks that resist are sure that they are qualitatively perfect both in terms of cooking and inert content contained within (calcinello). 

The result obtained is comparable to a recovery brick, uniformly worn by weather and bad weather. The corners are slightly rounded and the surface is very smooth, velvety to the touch while still maintaining the imperfect characteristics of the hand-made brick. 

Born out of the need to restore an important historical structure, this finish has always found a greater application in the private market over time. Its charm is due to the exaltation of the material in its simplicity: the velvety and soft surface to the touch, the warm shades of color of the brick paste offer welcoming environments with both classic and extremely modern design. 

It is recommended both for the inside and outside, as a floor or for the masonry (columns, jambs, facing walls, etc.): its ductility is due to the fact that the processing concerns all parts of the brick and not only a face. It can be treated with decorations and enamels that give a touch of particularity to an already unique and inimitable product. 

Ars Vetus is a registered trademark of Fornace Bernasconi.