Mosaic (gr. musa) is an artisanal technique of decorative art based on the creation of images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone or other materials and mostly roughly square known as tesserae. These tiny pieces are used to create a pattern or picture. The most common technique, which dates from the Romans times, is called opus tesellatum.
A bit of History
The earliest known examples of mosaics were found in Creta (dating from around 1600 BC) and in Ancient Greece. However, they became a common decorative technique thanks to the Roman Empire, where they were used to decorate the pavement. With the arrival of Christianity, they were used to decorate walls as well, reaching its full development during the Byzantine art period. Its decline began after the Renaissance and mosaics will not become popular again until the middle of the 19th century. From 1900, Antonio Gaudí is the one who promoted them, although they are no longer representational and the material used is ceramic.
I am involved in the whole production process, including the design, which can be created by me on my own or by taking into account the customer’s preferences if a particular design is wished. You can choose among these options:
• traditional mosaics
• table tops
• plant pots
• house numbres
Mosaics can be place in outdoor or indoor areas and its final price will depend on its size, the materials used and its design and complexity among other factors.
I also do any kind of work used to decorate the pavement. Among the techniques used by me, the most important one is empedrado granadino. Prices, as it happens with regards mosaics, vary according to size, materials used, the complexity of the design, etc.
The origin of the empedrado granadino can be found in Al-Andalus. It comes from the mosaics, but the stones used are bigger than the ones used to create mosaics (tesserae). Nasrids were the first ones in taking advantage of the slate stones that can be found in the rivers of Granada and in using ear of wheat-shaped patterns as a part of the design. This is how the empedrado artístico granadino was born. To create an empedrado granadino, the first thing that needs to be done is to draw the design on a dry mortar bed by using the slate stones. Then, limestone pebbles are used to fill the remaining areas. Finally, it has to be hardened and cleaned.
The empedrado granadino technique was created to decorate the pavement, especially outdoor. The most common designs contain geometrical shapes or flowers.