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Mosaic frames are an art form in their own right

(4 min read) There’s an ongoing silent debate in the upper echelon of the art world about whether The Frame should be recognized as an art form of its own. Famous early modernist painter John Marin was known for always looking for a “Blessed Equilibrium” between paintings and their frames. Needless to say, that attitude alone speaks enough about the importance of a perfect frame and its relevance in art in general.

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Mosaic frame depicting artsy waves created with glass tiles. Mosaic Artist: Sharra Frank, Image Source: Link.

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Custom mosaic tile picture frames. Mosaic Artwork by Wise Crackin Mosaics, Image 
 Source: Link.


Frames are rarely ever spoken of or pointed out by museum or gallery curators and both paintings and photographs in school books are usually depicted frameless. However, this injustice is limited to non-mosaic framing. When it comes to mosaic frames and bordures the artist is always well known and mentioned because decorative mosaic art recognizes all of its glorious forms, regardless of how minuscule they might seem to scholars or other artists.

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Gorgeous Butterflies and Wisteria mosaic art frame created with ceramic tiles. Photo by Anna, Image Source: Link.

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Our stunning Mosaic Tile border is applicable for any type of framing. Mosaic Artwork by Mosaics Lab.


Unlike a variety of simple frames, the mosaic frame isn’t just a utilitarian object. It isn’t there to just protect the art within them from rough handling and environmental factors. Now, don’t get me wrong, because the mosaic frame will indeed do all of those things, but it will also add to the beauty of the photograph, canvas, or even mirror within. Mosaic art frames and bordures are truly masterpieces on their own, but if you choose properly, they will immensely hype up the appeal and the value of whatever you decide to frame.

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Details from different mosaic art frames. Mosaic Borders by Green Street Mosaics. Image Source: Link.


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Even an ordinary mirror can become a focal point in the room once you frame it with mosaic.


Intricate and vibrantly colored mosaic art frames will make all of your black and white photographs look amazing. That doesn’t mean they can’t be used to frame some more colorful artworks and photos, but when it comes to complementing, they are the perfect choice for some more subdued or sepia-toned works.

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Open mosaic art frame made of vibrant glass tiles. Image Source: Link.


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Simple yet so effective Mosaic Tile Border Design. Mosaic Border Design by Mosaics Lab.


Mosaic borders on the other hand can be used virtually anywhere and you can frame anything from mirrors to floors with mosaic borders. They are repetitive, so they won’t draw attention from the framed work, and their motifs are intricate but discreet, so they will add a certain charm to the overall look of the framed artwork.

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Frame made of a lovely mosaic tile border. Image Source: Link.

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Gorgeous floral mosaic tile border. Mosaic Border Artwork by Designer Glass Mosaics. Image Source: Link.


A Mosaic border is also known as a mosaic listello and it’s been around for thousands of years. Its seeming simplicity and discreetness make it a stunning decorative mosaic art element in any room. Mosaic borders in our catalog are crafted by our talented mosaicists with the hand-cut highest quality glass and marble tiles. If you are looking for something lasting and unique to frame your photos or artworks with, our mosaic borders are a perfect choice.

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Framing your floor with mosaic tile borders. Image Source: Link.

When it comes to choosing a mosaic frame for your photo or artwork, the notion that opposites attract is often applied and usually very true. However, keep in mind that nothing is universally true when it comes to individual views of art, so what you’ll do with your photos and artworks should be your personal choice. If you want to frame your most cheerful childhood memory with a hot-pink/lime-green mosaic frame, then do it! These are just some general advice you don’t have to take, Mosaic art is all about freedom and expression, so let yourself have both.

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Mosaic frames and borders.

Mosaic Borders, Mosaic Mirrors, Mosaic listello
Mosaic frames and borders.

Mosaic Borders, Mosaic Mirrors, Mosaic listello
Mosaic frames and borders.

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M. Belosh

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36 Comments

  1. Beth
    June 20, 2022 at 1:59 pm — Reply

    I couldn’t agree with this post more. I’ve always been so drawn to mosaic tiles because of their artistry.

  2. Natasha Mairs
    June 20, 2022 at 3:24 pm — Reply

    I love the mosaic tile border. And the butterfly frame is really pretty x

  3. Janice
    June 20, 2022 at 4:27 pm — Reply

    All these frames are so beautiful!

  4. Cristina Petrini
    June 21, 2022 at 3:50 am — Reply

    At the level of the frame I have often chosen mosaic works, especially those with bright and maritime colors!

  5. Fouli
    June 21, 2022 at 4:07 am — Reply

    I absolutely love the blue one that looks like waves! And the mirror looks great! They remind me of sea and holidays!

  6. Samantha Donnelly
    June 21, 2022 at 6:05 am — Reply

    These are all beautiful frames, love to see mosaic frames around a mirror. I nearly purchased one a while ago that I fell in love with but had no way of getting it home safely

  7. Mel Edjourian
    June 21, 2022 at 8:57 am — Reply

    The frames would be perfect for a mirror. They are so pretty it would distract from anything else. I love that turquoise and blue.

  8. Talya Stone
    June 21, 2022 at 9:43 am — Reply

    Couldn’t agree more! Love these examples especially the framed mirrors – would love one of those in my bathroom.

  9. Luna S
    June 21, 2022 at 10:56 am — Reply

    The butterfly one is absolutely gorgeous! It seems like it would be kind of peaceful and fun to make a mosaic piece, but I’d have no idea where to start.

  10. Lavanda Michelle
    June 21, 2022 at 12:17 pm — Reply

    Never realized how beautiful mosiac truly is. Thank you for the share!

  11. Risa Lopez
    June 21, 2022 at 12:38 pm — Reply

    Those mosaic artworks are absolutely beautiful! I love it.

  12. Tammy
    June 21, 2022 at 12:42 pm — Reply

    Mosaics are just breathtaking in any form. These are so beautiful and would bring life into any space.

  13. Amber Solis
    June 21, 2022 at 4:18 pm — Reply

    Super beautiful mosaic work here. I absolutely love the one with the red roses. Some really inspiring ideas.

  14. Laura
    June 22, 2022 at 12:08 am — Reply

    I love all of these. Mosaics really do add so much character to anything.

  15. Kat
    June 22, 2022 at 5:07 am — Reply

    I love Sharra Frank’s piece – the attention to the detail is just superb!

  16. Crystal Carder
    June 22, 2022 at 8:07 am — Reply

    Those are some gorgeous frames! I would love to find these frames for my artwork.

  17. Clarice
    June 22, 2022 at 8:57 am — Reply

    Wow! These are really, really beautiful. The one with the red rose is my favorite. Thank you for sharing these masterpieces.

  18. brianne
    June 22, 2022 at 9:36 am — Reply

    These mosaic frames are just lovely! I’d love some of these to decorate in my house!

  19. Rosey
    June 22, 2022 at 11:49 am — Reply

    These are truly gorgeous. Definitely works of art. I love many of them but the butterflies are really nice.

  20. Dan Rey
    June 22, 2022 at 12:23 pm — Reply

    These mosaic frames look so cool. I’ll have a hard time to pick one over the other.

  21. Risa Lopez
    June 22, 2022 at 1:07 pm — Reply

    These are beautiful and elegant mosaic frames! I love all of the designs!

  22. Stephanie
    June 22, 2022 at 4:08 pm — Reply

    I love mosaic frames, especially on mirrors. It can really make a statement without being too much, especially in a small space.

  23. Jan. J.
    June 22, 2022 at 6:37 pm — Reply

    I love mosaic frames as they stand out. I remember them from when I was younger. So glad they are making a come back again

  24. Lily Lily
    June 23, 2022 at 3:56 am — Reply

    I gasped!! I would love a mosaic frame!

  25. Natalie
    June 23, 2022 at 11:00 am — Reply

    They certainly are an art form! SO beautiful, I especially love the mirrored frames, would be such a great piece to own!

  26. Risa Lopez
    June 23, 2022 at 2:05 pm — Reply

    I love mosaics, and these frames are really amazing. I am planning to get some mosaic artwork for my new house.

  27. Indu
    June 23, 2022 at 11:44 pm — Reply

    Mosaic frames look fabulous. Can be treasured as art pieces. Immensely like all the designs.

  28. Cynthia
    June 23, 2022 at 11:44 pm — Reply

    These are amazing! I wish I could do something like this. So beautiful.

  29. Ramil Hinolan
    June 24, 2022 at 1:43 am — Reply

    Mosaic borders definitely make an object shine. I like the one on the vanity mirror – so basic and simple but it is pleasing to the eye.

  30. Melanie Edjourian
    June 24, 2022 at 2:53 am — Reply

    I think something like this would work well in my hallway. A large mirror with a mosaic frame would really brighten up the room.

  31. Sonia Seivwright
    June 24, 2022 at 4:51 am — Reply

    Beautiful frames. I love the butterflies one.

  32. Risa Lopez
    June 24, 2022 at 8:23 am — Reply

    These are absolutely beautiful! I would love to learn how to make these beautiful mosaic artworks!

  33. Melissa Cushing
    June 24, 2022 at 10:26 am — Reply

    I am loving that mosaic backsplash in the first picture. I love your work… so beautiful and one of a kind!

  34. Lyosha
    June 24, 2022 at 4:28 pm — Reply

    that’s a great gift and a nice way to introduce your home to mosaics without paying too much!

  35. Jupiter Hadley
    June 27, 2022 at 3:11 am — Reply

    Oh wow these frames are really lovely! what a great use of mosaics.

  36. Jupiter Hadley
    June 27, 2022 at 3:41 am — Reply

    These different frames are so beautiful and make mirrors into works of art themselves.

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