Check out these mosaics from the 4th century. They have traveled accross time to inspire the mosaic work of today.
This was some of the beginings of Terrazzo flooring.

A floor mosaic from the 4th century AD has been discovered by archaeologists in the downtown of the Bulgarian capital Sofia during excavations of the ruins of the Ancient Thracian and Roman city of Serdica.
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