When we take a look at history, we notice one common factor prevalent in all walks of life and that factor is ‘revival’. Whatever is ‘in-vogue’ today will revive or resurface after some years. Taking this revival factor into consideration, people generally hesitate to throw out old items that they are fond of, often convincing themselves that the item will resurface as the in-thing sometime in the future.
This revival factor can be observed in the field of commercial and residential architecture as well. Traditional and historic styles of arched facades, tapestries, pillars etc. are often seen resurfacing over the ages.
One such work of art which has revived itself over the years since the 4th century BC is the art of Mosaic . Mosaic art is often associated with designs in bathrooms made of tiny square tiles, installed in monochromatic sheets. However this is a very restricted view of mosaic art.
Ancient mosaic work consisted of pictures, landscapes or mythological events formed initially out of water-smoothed pebbles and later from non-symmetrical pieces of scrap material and pieces of broken pottery. Intricate mosaic work illustrating events from the bible have been observed in floors, walls, pillars and even ceilings of European churches.
The ancient art of mosaic has grown in popularity over the ages. Though its origin cannot be specifically established, there is enough evidence to prove that various civilizations have actively used this art form. The first school for mosaic artisans was developed by the Greeks and initially this art was used to decorate floorings. The Romans however started using mosaics to decorate walls thus increasing its popularity. In Pompeii, archaeologists have uncovered evidence showing homes of common people exhibiting mosaic work on walls.
Modern mosaic works depict revolutionary revival of this art. The décor of any structure can be enhanced by the use of mosaic patterns and scenes enveloping the primitive as well as the contemporary ages to create much valued and admired art works.
The ancient art of mosaic faces competition not only from ceramic tiles which are practical and offer varied choice of colors and patterns but also from hardwood floorings which are visually appealing and make a style statement. Even then, mosaic medallions or ’emblemata’ used for floor covering make a house look distinctly exquisite.
Persian rugs which were used in formal areas and foyers are being replaced by mosaic carpets which are easy to maintain, practical and resilient. These mosaic carpets prove especially beneficial and safe in areas facing heavy traffic and convenience issues.
Using mosaic indoors in places like kitchens and bathrooms adds beauty, practicality, ease of maintenance and a stylish appeal of its own. Similarly, an outdoor pool, fountain, lawn or patio can be enhanced using this work of art.