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Things To Know About Mosaics
There are plenty of mosaics nowadays. Mosaic is a form of art that makes use of small pieces of material like beads, paper, stones, or tiles that are arranged in a specific pattern. This pattern is actually designed to make up a big image composed of such tiny material patterns.
But did you know it started? Well, mosaic art dates back 4,000 years ago. This art from began with the utilization of terracotta cones that are pressed into a background and various colored stones in order to create basic decoration as well as patterns. During the 4th century B.C., the Greeks have modified and enhanced the art form through creating images of animals and human beings. Specially made tiles called tesserae were then used during the 200 B.C. The tesserae are square pieces which are small enough to create detail and range of color.
It was the Byzantine Empire that largely influenced the characteristics of this form of art from the 5th century onwards. Indeed, they made use of tiny pieces of nongrouted glass tesserae which allowed light to pass through. The glass was situated at various angles which bounces the light off one another in order to create an attention-grabbing shimmer.
During the 18th century, Islamic mosaic as well as tile art was introduced by the Moors in Western Europe. Such art consisted mainly of geographical and mathematical images. Despite the unpopularity of tile art during the Middle Ages, the expanding tile industry still increased the demand for mosaic tiling patterns in various religious institutions. In fact, there are still a lot of Christian and Islam mosaics that can be seen nowadays in several temples and mosques all around the world. All these religious structures have introduced the mixture of mass tile production which resulted to the launching of decorating floors with mosaics.
At present, mosaic art still remains to be fresh with plenty of new ideas as well as approaches from framed artists and independent crafters. It is also good to emphasize that plenty of creative individuals make use of mosaic for home furnishings, gallery art projects, interior design, and many more. Most homeowners wanting to renovate their abode and want to do something unique can display their own work of art in their bathrooms, table tops, fireplace mantles, kitchens where they can create an original backsplash or counter top, or even in their floors where they can insert medallions or borders.