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In the late 1940s, Bradford Bowman began exploring ways to stamp patterns in fresh concrete to simulate brick, stone, and quarry tile. Now, more than 50 years after Bowman’s invention, the largest segment of the flourishing decorative concrete industry is stamping patterns and textures in concrete. Recently, the original concept has been expanded to include texturing the surface of a stamped pattern and using mats to imprint only texture. Today, a large number of patterns, textures, and designs are further enhanced with diamond-saw-cut borders and infill techniques.