Mosaic Floor Tile Patterns

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    Mosaic Flooring Picture Gallery

    Ceramic Flooring Tiles
    Getty Images - Ana Beskow

    An ancient and elegant art form, the creation of mosaic floor tile patterns is a discipline which stretches back to the early days of antiquity. These aesthetically engaging architectural features have the ability to tantalize the mind, hinting at profound ideas of shape and form which can elevate the atmosphere of a space to new heights.

    Mosaic flooring can be produced from any of a variety of material pieces. Ceramic and porcelain are very popular as they can be printed to take on any color or...MORE pattern. Natural stone is the preferred method for rustic and dramatic effects. Glass chips are used when an upscale, elegant demeanor is desired. Hardwood inlays and parquets can also be employed, to create formal, distinct structures across the floor’s surface.

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  • 02 of 08

    Late 19th Century Andalusian Ceramic Floor Pattern

    Andalusian Ceramic Flooring
    Getty Images - rhkamen

    The art of mosaic floor tiling crosses history, cultures, and geography. It is a universal practice that is prized in societies around the world. At the same time, these features are often very durable and are able to withstand the ravages of time, giving us a look into the architectural and decorative past of our ancient ancestors.

    In this picture, we see a mosaic floor pattern from the Central courtyard of the Musee de Marrakech, in the Dar Menebhi Palace. This installation dates back to the...MORE late 19th century and features an Andalusian style which represents the union of Western European Spanish artistic trends, and Moorish tendencies left over from the Muslim invasion of the Iberian peninsula. The mainstays of the application are blue-green tiles in a repetitive display, accented by a complex central motif.  

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  • 03 of 08

    Byzantine Era Mosaic Tile Church Flooring

    Byzantine Era Mosaic Tile Floor
    Getty Images - Peter Unger

    In this picture we see another classic historical mosaic tile flooring installation, that was uncovered in an ancient church in the city of Petra, located in modern day Jordan. While many of the vibrant colors originally baked into these ceramic chips have faded, the subdued wash of hues still renders the complexity of the image, which was created through intricate hand inlaid work. The result is a picture that speaks to us through the ages, with haunting eyes that trail across the trespasses of...MORE time.  

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  • 04 of 08

    Exterior Natural Stone Mosaic Patterns

    Natural Mosaic Stone Floor
    Getty Images - Martin Llado

    Natural stone is a product of the earth that is formed through chemical means and then quarried to extract it from mountainsides. The products that are produced are powerful and dramatic, and each individual piece has unique features which are determined by the elements that were present when it matured. These one of a kind characteristics can combine in mosaic patterns to create distinct effects that are personalized to that particular installation.

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  • 05 of 08

    Mosaic Glass Floor Tile Patterns

    Mosaic glass floors are some of the most upscale, formal, and elegant architectural applications available. They feature a shimmering glossy surface, that is broken by lines of grout, which help to create traction across the entire surface. These are often manufactured on mesh backing to make complex pattern installations somewhat easier. However, it is also possible to use individual pieces to create specific images and effects.

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  • 06 of 08

    Mosaic Glass Flooring and Surround In a Sauna

    Mosaic Glass Flooring
    Getty Images - Oleg Prikhodko

    In this picture we see mosaic glass tiling being used to create an immersive style experience in a sauna. Gold and brown chips arranged in repeating tessellation patterns have been spread across the floor and walls, coating the environment in a sense of luxury and textured color. This is combined with cedar features that are enhanced by the dramatic colors found throughout.

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    Parquet Flooring Patterns

    Parquet Flooring
    Getty Images - Cultura RM/Samantha Mitchell

    Parquet is a low-cost flooring option that uses slivers of real, natural wood, placed together over a core and embedded under a wear layer to simulate the look of full planks. These are produced in tile form, allowing installers to create their own contrasting patterns across the surface of their project. The alignment of the individual pieces and the components of those products will then determine the eventual look and feel of the installation.

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    Mosaic Wood Flooring With Geometric Rosette

    Mosaic Wood Flooring
    Getty Images - De Agostini / W. Buss

    This picture shows a parquet floor that was installed in the Castle of Seneffe in Flanders, Belgium, in the mid 18th century. It features dark and light contrasting geometric patterns, which create a sense of depth and texture in the surface of the installation. This is highlighted by a detailed rosette, which bursts like a blazing sun from the crackling energy of the backdrop to crown the glory of this impressive display.