Rosa Mosaic & Tile Company Craftsmanship and Arim Inc. Terrazzo Aggregates – An Award Winning Combination

By Steve Pooler| June 5th, 2018

Most casual terrazzo aficionados know that the technique originated in Venice roughly 500 years ago; that it exploded in popularity in the United States during the first third of the 20th Century; that the discovery of epoxy as an alternative to cement led to its “rediscovery” in the 1970s; and that it’s currently a favorite choice for designers, architects, and contractors alike.

What this truncated narrative overlooks, however, is the incredible contributions made by the Italian immigrants from the Friuli region where terrazzo had originated and been honed to equal parts art form and construction technique. Terrazzeri, they were called, and they had preciously guarded the secrets of their trade through the centuries. When the first terrazzo installation was performed in New York City at one of the Vanderbilt’s Fifth Avenue mansions in 1890, it was Italian craftsmen tasked with creating the terrazzo floors found throughout the massive home.

Mosaic & Tile Company – Old World Beginnings Built on Craftsmanship & Apprenticeship

Arim Inc. Not Surprised by the Terrazzo Invasion!

By Nilgun Bandari| May 28th, 2018

As we move into the second half of 2018, the buzz surrounding terrazzo seems to have outstripped the hopes of even its most ardent fans, advocates, and supporters—but perhaps not in the way they envisioned.

Somewhere along the way, “terrazzo” has taken on an alter ego: The word that has always been used for a flooring or technique—or even as a synonym to encompass the aggregate materials used for those processes—has morphed into an adjective used to describe multiple objects that have the appearance of terrazzo. Of course, since anyone familiar with terrazzo is aware it can be used to create everything from abstract patterns to highly detailed, realistic imagery, perhaps it would be better to call it “generic terrazzo”—myriad shapes of various colors and sizes set upon a solid color (or not) background.

Arim Inc. Terrazzo Aggregate Sample Kit – The Industry Standard

By Steve Pooler| June 5th, 2018

There are few elements in design that are more subjective—or more important—than the use of color. Color creates the mood of a project. Every color says something different, and combinations can alter that impression further. A color that can evoke one reaction in one person may evoke the opposite reaction in another. For terrazzo contractors whose reputations depend not only on the quality of their installation but also the quality of the components, being able to see the rainbow-like array of Arim Inc..’s aggregates made it much easier to make a call and place a large order. Indeed, the company’s samples kit—which features a breathtaking 56 samples of marble, glass, mother-of-pearl, and crushed stone aggregates, as well as garden rocks—is considered the industry standard.

Just ask David Roberson, CEO of the David Allen Company in Raleigh, NC. “Arim’s samples kit is without question the finest in the industry,” says Roberson. “It gives you an excellent idea of just how broad a color palette their aggregates can create, which is pretty much unrivaled by other manufacturers and suppliers.”

Arim Inc. Aggregates Showcased in Four NTMA 2018 Honor Award Winners

By Jeanna White| May 11th, 2018

With the announcement of the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association’s 2018 Honor Award winners on April 25, 2018, terrazzo aggregate manufacturer and distributor Arim Inc. has found itself once again in the terrazzo spotlight. The New Jersey-based company was an aggregate supplier for four Honor Award Winners, which are selected by a panel of terrazzo experts for their intricacy, beauty, and creativity, bringing the total number of Honor Award winners utilizing Arim Inc.’s aggregates to 13 over the past four years.

The types of buildings where the award-winning terrazzo installations were performed—an airport, museum, school, and a resort hotel—reflect the premium that architects and designers place upon terrazzo’s treasured qualities of longevity and low maintenance costs, as well as its ability to transform functional areas into artistic showcases.

NTMA – A Community of Terrazzo Experts Providing Guidance and Support to Architects and Designers

By Steve Pooler| April 30th, 2018

The National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association will wrap up its 95th annual convention on April 25th with the announcement of both its 2018 Job of the Year (JOTY) winner and the full lineup of Honor Award winners. It’s one of the most exciting times of the year for the NTMA’s member terrazzo contractors and the material suppliers who hold associate memberships, and understandably so: to be selected for special recognition by the NTMA’s panel of terrazzo experts is validation that an installation was done right, with the right materials, and with the right vision.

But while the NTMA convention and awards are unquestioned highlights on the organization’s calendar, they tend to overshadow its primary missions, one of which is to establish and promote national standards for terrazzo floor and wall systems and provide complete specifications, color palettes, and other information to designers and architects free of charge. Making these types of key players aware of terrazzo’s multitude of advantages over other flooring and wall material, as well as keeping them up to speed on technical specifications, goes a very long way to ensure that they will strongly consider terrazzo for their next project.

David Allen Company and Arim Inc.. – Award-Winning Terrazzo Collaborations

By Steve Pooler| April 30th, 2018

In the world of terrazzo and terrazzo installations, few companies can boast a pedigree that rivals that of the David Allen Company. Founded in 1920 in North Carolina, the Raleigh-based company began to make a name for itself during the great terrazzo boom of the Art Deco period, successfully weathered the downturn in terrazzo use in the 1960s and 1970s, and has been pivotal in spearheading what can justifiably be called the “terrazzo revival” that seems to be picking up steam with every passing day.

Looking at the company’s portfolio gives you a good idea of the esteem that architects and designers place in the work done by David Allen’s craftsmen. Among the high-profile installations for which the company was selected are the Pentagon, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Longworth Congressional Office building, the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, and the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, NASA, and the CIA.

Beautify Your Garden for a Lifetime with River Rock or Marble Mulch

By Jeanna White| April 4th, 2018

Visit any garden center and you will quickly see that spring has sprung! Let those bountiful blooms and gorgeous greenery chase away those winter blues. But once your plants are in the ground, mulch plays an essential step in protecting your investment and minimizing weeds. Did you know that there are many advantages to using pebbles rather than bark to mulch your flower beds and around your home? Here are just a few.

Taking it Online – Sharpening the Focus on Terrazzo!

By Steve Pooler| March 22nd, 2018

Arim Inc. founder Nilgun Bandari is passionate about terrazzo—and she most certainly isn’t reluctant to share her enthusiasm for she what says might be the most perfect flooring technology ever created. “I’m not at all surprised to see how fast the terrazzo industry is growing all over the world,” she says. “When you see it used once, you want to see it used everywhere.” Once a word known almost exclusively in the contracting world, terrazzo has increasingly been found in the architectural and building design spotlight—and a pretty good case can be made that Bandari and her Palisades Park-based company deserve at least some of the credit for the relatively newfound love. At the very least, Arim Inc. has led the way in developing marketing techniques and practices that have shaken up the supply side of the terrazzo aggregate industry. And the company’s recent moves to integrate its robust Web site with popular, easy-to-use apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and more have opened the door for direct retail sales to become a considerable revenue stream for the terrazzo industry—at least for those willing to embrace retail consumers by delivering content where and how consumers want to receive it.

Arim Inc.. Aggregates; Quality, Quality, Quality – Dry, Dust Free, Crushed and Tumbled Terrazzo Aggregates

By Steve Pooler| March 6th, 2018

As an engineering graduate of the world’s third-oldest technical university, Arim Inc.. owner Nilgun Bandari thoroughly understands the critically important role that quality materials play in the final outcome of any construction process. Her laser-sharp attention to detail and commitment to flawless workmanship had led to rapid advancements in the hurly-burly world of New York City design and construction—first as an estimator, then as job supervisor for a Metro Station construction site, and finally her selection in 1999 as one of six engineers tasked with the oversight of American Airlines’ massive overhaul of its terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport. It was a career path that was not only bright, but secure: the American Airlines project alone would end up spanning eight years. But Bandari wouldn’t be around to see it reach fruition.

Arim, Inc. to Showcase Decorative Aggregates at 2018 World of Concrete

By Jeanna White| January 22nd, 2018

This year is Arim’s seventh attending the world-renowned industry event which brings international buyers together with U.S. exhibitors to expand business domestically and overseas. World of Concrete welcomes international exhibitors to sell their concrete- and masonry-related products and services, as well as international attendees from across the globe to network, test drive equipment and discover new products and services and benefit from a world-class education program. WOC 2018, expects to attract 60,000 professional registrants and 1,500 leading suppliers from around the world, making it the largest World of Concrete in nine years!

Hamza Khan, Arim’s relationships manager, and Deniz Cam, our business cost accountant, are looking forward to renewing old friendships and creating new ones as they promote Arim’s products to the industrial floor and engineered stone industries. They are also eager to demonstrate the value Arim’s aggregates offer to other industries including decorative concrete and precast.