A mosaic is a pattern or image made of small regular or irregular pieces of colored stone, glass or ceramic, held in place by plaster/mortar, and covering a surface. Mosaics are often used as floor and wall decoration, and were particularly popular in the Ancient Roman world.
Mosaic today includes not just murals and pavements, but also artwork, hobby crafts, and industrial and construction forms.
Mosaics have a long history, starting in Mesopotamia in the 3rd millennium BC. Pebble mosaics were made in Tiryns in Mycenean Greece; mosaics with patterns and pictures became widespread in classical times, both in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. Early Christian basilicas from the 4th century onwards were decorated with wall and ceiling mosaics. Mosaic art flourished in the Byzantine Empire from the 6th to the 15th centuries; that tradition was adopted by the Norman Kingdom of Sicily in the 12th century, by the eastern-influenced Republic of Venice, and among the Rus in Ukraine. Mosaic fell out of fashion in the Renaissance, though artists like Raphael continued to practise the old technique. Roman and Byzantine influence led Jewish artists to decorate 5th and 6th century synagogues in the Middle East with floor mosaics.
Figurative mosaic, but mostly without human figures, was widely used on religious buildings and palaces in early Islamic art, including Islam's first great religious building, the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, and the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus. Such mosaics went out of fashion in the Islamic world after the 8th century, except for geometrical patterns in techniques such as zellij, which remain popular in many areas.
Modern mosaics are made by artists and craftspeople around the world. Many materials other than traditional stone, ceramic tesserae, enameled and stained glass may be employed, including shells, beads, charms, chains, gears, coins, and pieces of costume jewelry.

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  1. Slippery

    I hate that mosaic mesh!!

    I fixed some mosaic the other day, long, thin strips in a 300x300 mesh cut in to two, and used the sticky mosaic mesh to build it out, two layers. Well, took a long time and I struggled like hell with them and it still showed the joints when I grouted! (I am very picky, the customer probably...
  2. D

    Re using Victorian mosaic tiles

    Hi, I have acquired Victorian mosaic floor tiles that I am wanting to reuse to tile my exterior front door area! How do I remove cement from the edges and do the tiles have to have all of the cement removed to be re laid effectively
  3. Chode84

    4mm porcelain floor mosaic - Trowel size?

    Hi all, I’ve got three bathrooms to tile using 3.8mm Winckelmans porcelain hexagons (25mm). The substrate is fibre cement sheet over floorboards. What’s the best type and size of trowel to use for a tile this thin? I was thinking a 4mm std. notch trowel. Does anyone have a better suggestion...
  4. B

    I'm Looking For This Tile Mosaic Tile - Find or Make from Scratch?

    Re: the attached photo of a strip of mosaic tiles (15mm x 15mm) - I'd like if I can to either buy some more of this or, if I can't find it, to work out how to find some individual white/blue/green tiles to make something that closely resembles it. It's for a repair to a damaged area. The tiles...
  5. S

    Mosaic tiles step edge

    Hi am tiling a wet room with 5mm thick porcelain mosaic tiles (hexagons 5x5cm). The wet room is between walls and has a small step to get in and I would like the mosaic to wrap around the step. How can I finish the step nosing edge. I tried to mitre but not very good at it and haven’t managed...
  6. J

    Low , dirty grout on mosaic tiling. Can I just clean and seal it?

    What's your tiling question? Pictures can be added.
  7. B

    Hex mosaic floor tile query

    Hello - any advice welcome. My tiler laid our mosaic floor sheets incorrectly so the pattern was incorrect. After flagging it and asking what was the best option to fix. He said he could swap over the individual tiles to make the pattern right. He's done that, but I've noticed that several of...
  8. R

    Adhesive What is the best brand fro Grout and Adhesive?

    Hi all! I just recently bought and received some Carrara Venatino White Marble Tiles by Starel Stones (link below) tiles look beautiful and I wanted to get professional advice on the best brand for the grout and adhesive to use just so I don’t mess things up ;)) Wall Tiles...
  9. S

    Wanted Looking for Geo Mosaic Brighton Border and Corner Tiles (Waxman Ceramics)

    Hi I've purchased Geo Mosaic Brighton Pattern Tiles (GEO-351) which were sold by Waxman Tiles. I needed 17 border (GEO 352) and 4 corner (GEO 353) to match these tiles but Waxman have discontinued these. I purchased from another company (Cornwall Tile Company) but this fell through (lost in...
  10. russ1

    Mosaic floor

    Hi everyone, I would like a bit of advice got to put a mosaic floor down the sheeted type, I've removed the floorboards and going to replace with 18mm Ply to level up to concrete as part of bathroom is concrete , then I was going to put ufh down then SLC then the Topps...
  11. E

    Mosaic floor

    Hi guys. Installing small mosaic sheets on a floor. Im laying Hardie-backer over the chipboard. Would it be a good idea to put a small layer of self-levelling over the Hardie, given tbat the mosaics Im using are small? Thanks
  12. Wraiththe

    Glue! on edges of glass tiles... oh no!

    HI, Excuse the length and new thread, but it reads super fast. I could use some advice. There are a few hundred tiles to fix... not all of them... This project has been delayed for years and much has been put into it.. and now this. Why give in now. I plan on fixing the tiles I have not...
  13. M

    My 1st Job Installing Mosaic On a Wet Room Floor

    Hi All, First time poster and tiler here. Hoping to get a bit of advice on tiling a wet room shower tray using hexagonal mosaic (30cm x 30cm sheets - individual tiles are probably 2.5cm x 2.5cm or so). The shower tray is level to the floor, I've used cement board on the walls and floor and...
  14. R

    Mosaic tiles on PVC wall panels

    Morning everyone! We've had PVC wall panels installed in our bathroom, the boss bought glass / metal mosaic tiles to go around the sink as a splasback (and gap filler, about 5 mm gap between sink and wall). I have 2 questions that I'd really appreciate your help and guidance with: 1. What's...
  15. D

    Mosaic tiles in shower area

    Hi, I have porcelain mosaic tiles in the floor area of my shower. The shower has wet room underlay underneath to stop any leaks. The builders laid the mosaics with Ultra Tile Fix Pro Grout. The mosaics have lifted and most of the grout has come out. Can anyone recommend what I should use to...
  16. S

    Split Face Quartzite Mosaic Tiles sealer for wet look and Silicon Waterseal Masonry Sealer on top to water seal 100%?

    Hi all, Finding it a little hard to get my head around something and hoping one of you might be able to help/ advise. I had some Split Face Quartzite Mosaic Tiles and I want to know a few questions. I want to seal them as best as possible and have them kinda add a wet/darker look to them...
  17. T

    Faulty Mosaic Tiles

    Hi Guys, I had some mosaics installed the other week and seeing some very odd discoloration on them - has anyone seen anything like this or know what it is? On the mirrored tiles they have this red colour forming and on the textured tiles, the finish has started to disappear! The adhesive was...
  18. P

    I'm Looking For This Tile Homebase Riva Mosaic grey ceramic tile

    I only need a few to re-tile an area that suffered water damage from the next door flat.
  19. M

    Scratches from grouting on metallic mosaic tiles

    We have professionals in, installing a new bathroom and a downstairs toilet. The tiles were grouted two days ago. They include beautiful polished metallic mosaic tiles - well, they were beautiful until grouting caused them to be covered in multiple fine scratches. They look awful. Can the...
  20. D

    Bathroom floor

    Hello, My name is Dagmara and I am looking for an advice on best grout for porcelain Churchill Snow & Midnight Chequer Mosaic Tiles which I bought from wallsandfloors. Thanks for letting me register!
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