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Mosaic Tiles Create Beautiful Home and Garden Accents

Aug 17, 2007
Mosaic tiles have been used for decoration for literally thousands of years. In fact, archeologists have found mosaic floors up to 6,000 years old in some parts of the world. Today there are still many mosaic artists keeping this beautiful decorative art form alive. There is obviously something universal and enduring about mosaics.

Part of the allure may be the combination of durability and beauty that is rare in anything else so decorative. Mosaics are extremely durable and will last for decades and often last far longer than that. They don't fade with time and can take the beating of the elements far better than almost any other medium. Many Roman era mosaic tile floors are just as brilliant and lovely today as they were when they were first crafted.

Mosaic Tiles Have A Long History
The first mosaics were made out of pebbles and standard tiles pressed into various mediums to form designs and patterns. As the patterns became more elaborate over the centuries, various cultures began making specialized tiles specifically for making mosaics; these were called tesserae and were often hand-crafted into small, specially shaped pieces in order to fit precisely into specific works of art.

Greek mosaics evolved into works that were often so detailed that the resembled paintings. In other parts of the world, particularly Morocco, people favored intricately stylized mosaics that used ornamental shapes and geometric patterns. The mosaic tiles for these were worked by hand in order to shape them so that they would fit precisely together like the interlocking pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Many of the patterns appeared three-dimensional because of interlocking patterns, braiding and other illusions created by the master craftsmen.

Where to Use Mosaic Tiles Today
Although you can use mosaic tile accents almost anywhere, gardens or porches are two areas that are especially suited to these colorful works of art. Moroccan mosaic tiles are often set into wrought iron tabletops to create wonderful geometric patterns that can add color and vibrancy to your patio. Lush, primary colors and jewel tones are perfect for sunny afternoons and the patterns you can find are countless.

Another striking feature for your garden might be a wall fountain of mosaic tiles. If you like the idea of the sound of splashing water but feel like a traditional fountain is too formal; a Moroccan fountain of mosaic tiles in exuberant star-burst patterns incorporating arches, six and eight pointed starts and sunbursts is a wonderful alternative.

When shopping for any tables, fountains or accent pieces using mosaic tiles look for several features. First, be sure they are handcrafted, not simply factory reproductions. Check to be sure that the tiles are firmly in place. They should be applied so that the surface is smooth and even without the tiles being at odd angles to each other. Make sure the pieces are crafted so that they join closely with each other, like puzzle pieces. This is particularly important in geometric designs, which should have a tightly knit look to them. Also, look for mosaic tiles that have depth of color. It should be brilliant and bold and not be merely painted on.

Once you've purchased a few mosaic pieces for your home, you'll soon discover that the love of mosaics can be addictive. Few forms of art are so rewarding and yet so easy care. They are virtually indestructible, can be left out in the elements with no problem and will look just as good in ten years as the day you get them. And when friends visit and see the beauty of your fountain or patio table decorated with mosaic tiles, you'll be the envy of the neighborhood.
About the Author
Nine Seas Decor is quickly becoming one of the largest importers of Moroccan Mosaic Tiles into the US market. Please visit http://www.nineseasdecor.com/Home-Decor-Catalog/Moroccan-Patio-Furniture-Ceramic-Tiles-Fountains-Tables .
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