A Mosaic Resurgence in Tiles

A Mosaic Resurgence in Tiles
November 12, 2014

The word ‘mosaic’ comes from the Latin term, ‘musaeum’ meaning ‘decoration with small square stones’. In the ancient world, mosaics were usually used for floors and footpaths, particularly from stone such as marble and chalk because of their longevity. Although the origin of mosaics is accredited to the Greeks, mosaics were also used in Assyrian, Egypt, Persia and other ancient civilisations. The Romans are also famous for producing sophisticated mosaics for use on walls and floors in halls, villas and public spaces; many of which are still visible today.

Luxor tiles web

Samples from the Luxor Tile Collection

Vidrepur Tiles web

Samples from the Vidrepur Tile Collection

This ancient craft is currently experiencing a resurgence so Tile Warehouse have extended their range this year with glass, stone and ceramic mosaics appearing in sharp and crisp patterning and three-dimensional style.  The current trend in mosaics favours colour and shape originality with Moroccan-influenced patterns playing a large part.

For design inspiration or to view one of New Zealand’s most extensive range of mosaics, Tile Warehouse invite you to visit one of their 25 stores nationwide (see http://www.tilewarehouse.co.nz/store-locations/ for store locations) or visit their website for further product details; www.tilewarehouse.co.nz.


Sample from the Graphics Marble Calacutta Tile Collection

Epokal Range web

Samples from the Epokal Tile Collection

Silver Trav Metal Mix range web

Samples from the Silver Trav Metal Mix Tile Collection


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