Marble mosaics are a rich ornamental element and represent an exquisite taste for detail and harmony.
Historically, the mosaic technique has a great artistic tradition. It was generalized in the different ancient cultures settled on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Its golden age developed during the Roman and Byzantine empires, of which we are heirs.
An art blessed by the charm of the muses
The Roman mosaic was born as an artistic and figurative composition created with several fragments of varied materials called tesserae. The tesserae could be made of basalt, travertine, marble, glass paste, and shells, among others.
These pieces decorated floors and walls in thermal baths, luxury villas, ancient commercial establishments, and public buildings. The most precious mosaics with smaller tesserae were destined to projects with a more significant economic budget.
Roman mosaics became so popular because the people thought that such a precious art could only be inspired by the muses. It is the reason why its Latin name is opus musivum, the work of the muses.
Mosaics made by small marble tesserae
TINO Natural Stone has participated in the elaboration of different marble and natural stone projects that include mosaics. Let’s start with those with the tesserae.
This other rosette belongs to the same hotel. The surrounding stone is Oriental Green, and those inside are mostly composed of a combination of Parador Cream and Parador Yellow. This time the floral motif was made with more discreet tones.
We also share the picture of a mosaic of Marquina Black marble and Parador Cream with a honed finish. In this case, waving lines inspired by the sea and the mountains surround a human figure with an Asian appearance.
Marble mosaics made with large pieces
We continue at the Beatriz Palace Hotel to highlight the beauty of this floor that combines Parador Yellow, Parador Cream and Alicante Red. The DOMUS finish adds a unique rustic touch to the space.
The last mosaic of the Beatriz Palace Hotel that we are going to see is in one of its lounges for banquets and events.
An impressive compass rose dominates the center of the space. Macael marble is the protagonist. It is a natural stone that has a variety of tones ranging from white to dark grey.
Mosaic at the Villa Padierna Hotel in Marbella
This dream lounge has one of the most italic decorations of the entire building. As we mentioned in the post “Marble stairs”, the Villa Padierna Palace is inspired by a palace in Tuscany. Moreover, this is one of the spaces where the exquisiteness that its designer wanted to express is best represented.
Flanked by leafy and bucolic frescos, the beautiful flooring is composed by Perlino White, Marquina Black, and Travertine Olivillo marble. The Italian reminiscences create the illusion of baroque floor plans with curved lines. For example San Carlino alle Quattro Fontane by Borromini or Sant’Andrea al Quirinale by Bernini.
Polygonal marble mosaic
As we saw in the post “Natural stone staircases,” this foyer presents a beautiful central mosaic composed of Travertine Olivillo and Perlino White. The slightly rounded edges and the random wear areas of the FORUM finish evoque memories of the floors of the old European palaces.
Marble mosaic with compass rose shape
The location of this marble mosaic is the hall of Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real in Fuerteventura. The compass rose, and the surrounding pavement is composed of Perlino White, Alicante Red, and Travertine Classic marble. It is an inspiring type of ornament prevalent in marine enclaves.
Conservation Marble mosaics and natural stone compositions
TINO Stone Care is the TINO Natural Stone department in charge of the recovery, renovation, implementation, and maintenance of marble and natural stone projects. Now we are going to see some examples of restoration of some marble mosaics. All of them have suffered damages in their original appearance due to the passage of time or other reasons like a house refurbishment.
In the image, we appreciate the refurbishment of an existing residence in which TINO Stone Care carried out the consulting, supply and implementation related to marble. For this purpose, TINO Stone Care prepared the surface for its future use as a floor for a luxury kitchen.
Finally, we visit a house with more than 500m2 of cream marble and, natural stone mosaic floors. TINO Stone Care was selected by the property to execute the Mechanical Polishing of the floor finishes (naturally, without crystallizers or brighteners and being respectful with the material).
In the image we can see one of the rosettes in full process, waiting for the sequence of “High Brightness” that that concludes the work.
If you are also thinking of including marble mosaics in your project, contact us.