First of all, what are mosaics? Well, a mosaic is a design, pattern, or picture that is made out of any materials put together. They are used for all sorts of situations, be them purely artistic or solely decorative. When it comes to home decor, they are used as flooring, kitchen backsplashes, shower walls, and more. What makes this such an interesting technique?
Mosaics have been around for an insanely long time. Evidence of mosaics dates all the way back to the year 3000 BC in Mesopotamia. These were made out of colored stones, ivory, and shells, with some evidence hinting at possibly the first use of glazed tiles. However, it is unknown what kinds of images or designs these mosaics portrayed. It is very unlikely that these represented complex or elaborate patterns, given how these weren’t present in the area until later periods in time. Mosaics were of extensive importance in Greek and Roman times. It was around then that these began to portray more specific images, such as scenes from myths and religious stories. These would additionally be surrounded by themed patterns and used in the decoration of homes and villas. That was the birth of the mosaic as a decorative force.
Today, two-thousand years later, mosaics are definitely still considered an art form of their own right. They have become a popular medium in street art, particularly given the rise of pixel art and the design overlap between both. Public art, in general, has benefited from the practicality, low cost, and creative value of the technique. Mosaics are commonly used, for example, in the decoration of subway stations in large cities such as Los Angeles and New York City. Entire streets, public roads, and buildings make use of mosaics to provide decorative backdrops and surfaces for everyone around to be able to enjoy. We even make use of them in our own homes quite often.
Mosaic in Tiling
When it comes to tiling, mosaics are implemented quite often in order to elevate the overall look of all sorts of rooms, mostly kitchens and bathrooms. Tiles, stones, glass, and rocks are all used in the making of floor and wall mosaic patterns. Through the use of different shapes, colors, and textures, mosaics can contribute to the different components of a room’s aesthetic at the same time. If you have, say, granite countertops, wooden cabinets, and stainless steel appliances, the mosaic on the floor or backsplash can make use of browns, grays, and whites in order to match the other colors or complement them with colors that would otherwise be missing from the space in question. At the end of the day, they are a great decoration tool due to their inherent versatility.
Amirian Home Tile
At Amirian Home, we are determined to match you with the ideal tile design for your kitchen, bathrooms, and more. Regardless of the way you want to apply the tile design, we are here to provide you with the right one for you. You can browse our online catalog to find the tile you are looking for or call us at (818) 500-8505 for more information.