Pattern Imprinted Concrete is an attempt to copy natural paving products such as stone, cobbles, setts, slate, brick and timber by colouring and shaping concrete.
To create the effect, specialised pigments are scattered across the surface of the still damp reinforced concrete and pressed into its surface using printing mats. The printing mats leave an impression in the concrete which resembles the surface of natural stone paving slabs, blocks and setts.
Pattern Imprinted Concrete originated from North America where it is also known as stamped concrete, pressed concrete or decorative concrete. In addition to being ideal for domestic driveways, footpaths and patios, it is widely used for pedestrian areas at shopping precincts, theme parks and around fast food restaurants.