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Diamonds are forever…but so are mosaics

(4 min read) Every line of work has its often-used phrases and cliches, spoken so many times that they’ve lost their true value or any meaning whatsoever. If you’re into interior design in any way you will often hear words “timeless style” thrown around like Joe Biden throws Obama’s name — senselessly, but with the hope it sticks somewhere. Needless to say, it’s rarely fitting and on point, especially considering the fact that trends and people’s tastes change like Trump’s opinions — on a daily basis and without much logic. On the same note, the same way it is in human nature to join in groups and follow leaders we mustn’t forget that it is also in human nature to question everything. So, is there such a thing as “timeless style” or do we just try to sound dramatic? In the world where James Charles is a successful millionaire, I’d say it’s probably the latter.

Beautiful mosaics in the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy.
Series of mosaics in the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy.

When it comes to timeless and everlasting interior decoration and art, there is just one tangible thing that comes to mind — mosaics. Keeping in mind that the first known mosaics were found in one Mesopotamian temple that dates back to the 3rd millennium BC. Need I say more? There is also that “tiny” matter of the state that the large majority of these ancient mosaics were found in — virtually unchanged, untouched. Paintings are influenced by the sun and rain, they get tears and after a while, they have to be taken into the hands of the professionals to be heavily worked on and restored. Sculptures become shattered or their pieces are broken off, making them unrecognizable. Books are damaged by mold, humidity and human negligence, so many of them are virtually unusable after some time.

A stunningly 2,200 years old ancient Greek mosaic at the ancient greek city Zeugma.
Uncovering of stunningly preserved 2,200 years old ancient Greek mosaic at the ancient greek city Zeugma.

However, mosaics… well, let me tell you something, if art was Italian mafia, mosaics would be John “Teflon Don” Gotti because nothing harms these babies. Furthermore, due to their resilience and durability, mosaics don’t require any kind of maintenance. Sure, if a mosaic is in the smoking area it should be wiped every once in a while, but that about sums it up. Of course, we are talking about the mosaic art made in a traditional manner, out of tesserae — glass, marble, tiles or other hard, nature-based materials. If you make a contemporary mosaic art out of confetti and toilet paper, don’t expect it to last…

Nikki Whitlock’s mosaic made of old bottles.
Nikki Whitlock’s mosaic made of old bottles.

Regardless of the fact that mosaic art has been present for so long, it is still to this day considered to be an uncommon art form, kinda like Jeffree Star. Unlike other art forms, it demands a well-trained keen eye sensitive to details that are almost invisible to an amateur. In addition to that, the mosaic artist also has to be creative, calm and meticulous. I know that most blogs will tell you that all you have to do is have some sense of what’s beautiful, some tools, glue and a handful of materials to make a perfect mosaic art, but I won’t do that. Unless you are trained and experienced, you can at best make something fun-looking and vibrant, which is great.

Ecstasy: Contemporary mosaic artwork from Modern Mosaic Gallery.
Ecstasy, contemporary mosaic from Modern Mosaic Gallery.

However, if you want to add some intrinsic value to your real estate or have something mesmerizing and mind-blowingly beautiful, you will need a professional. On the same note, as trained as professional mosaic artists are, they never create two same pieces. One of the most important features of mosaic artistry is the utter uniqueness of every piece.

Wonderful and discreet wall mosaic mural by Mosaics Lab.
Wonderful and discreet wall mosaic. Mosaic Artwork by Mosaics Lab.

Beautiful mosaic design by Sicis.
Gorgeous mosaic made of mosaic tiles. Mosaic Design by Sicis.

So when some “woke” millennial crosses my path starting to question why we do what we do, yammering on about new art forms and digitalized ways of expressing your artistic nature… Guuuurl, you get back to me in 3000 years if this planet we are ruining so diligently manages to last that long. Because if it does, nobody will be able to find any trace of whatever that mumbo-jumbo you call art, but there will still be plenty of glorious mosaics all over the planet. Just like in the Mad Max: Fury Road, if this planet keeps revolving in space for another couple of thousands of years, mosaic art will “witness it”.

Gorgeous bathroom mosaic design by Sicis
Gorgeous bathroom mosaic. Mosaic Artwork by Sicis.

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M. Belosh

M. Belosh

Passionate art enthusiast; avid reader (you can find me on Goodreads under the same name); movie connoisseur; intolerable before my morning coffee.

89 Comments

  1. Amber Myers
    April 22, 2020 at 11:15 am — Reply

    Yes! I just love admiring mosaics, especially the ones with lots of color. One day I would love to get one in the house.

  2. Talya Stone
    April 22, 2020 at 11:37 am — Reply

    Gosh some seriously incredible works of art there. Mosaics really are so beautifully timeless.

  3. Cristina Petrini
    April 22, 2020 at 11:41 am — Reply

    mosaics are truly a historical and art heritage and beauty. As an Italian in my example we have wonderful examples such as in Ravenna! ^^

  4. Adrienne
    April 22, 2020 at 12:38 pm — Reply

    I love mosaic art! My son is working on a mosaic project now for school so I shared this with him 🙂

  5. Jessica Collazo
    April 22, 2020 at 1:35 pm — Reply

    Is so awesome to see that Mosaic art has been here for centuries. I think it’s something very difficult to do an admirer it very much.

  6. EW
    April 22, 2020 at 1:41 pm — Reply

    Wow, Wonderful art, art is the way of sharing feelings, thoughts, as like a poetry…. The painting are inspiring and great.

  7. Tessa
    April 22, 2020 at 1:42 pm — Reply

    As someone who is tile-obsessed, I adore mosaics! When my husband and I were in Italy in 2018, I stood in the Duomo in Florence and I just stared at the floor for a long time. There were some of the most spectacular mosaics I had ever seen. They told us that people would spend their entire lives doing one of these sections of floor! Hand cutting and laying each piece. It reminded me that we shouldn’t take for granted how easily we can add beauty like this to our own homes today. Mosaics really are amazing!

    • April 23, 2020 at 12:34 pm — Reply

      I’ve seen Duomo in Florence, absolutely stunning work!!!

  8. Stephanie
    April 22, 2020 at 3:52 pm — Reply

    I never thought much about the history if mosaics. But now that you say it I remember studying some in my art history class in college. You’re right, while they may not always be “in style” they will always be around!

  9. Flossie McCowald
    April 22, 2020 at 4:06 pm — Reply

    As always, gorgeous pieces of artwork here that I never would have seen otherwise, so thanks. Esp can’t believe that even the side of the tub has mosaic art on it!

  10. Nina
    April 22, 2020 at 4:38 pm — Reply

    Oh wow these mosaics are true pieces of art. Such gorgeous and intricate work on each of them.

  11. Katie Lam
    April 22, 2020 at 4:54 pm — Reply

    Such beautiful mosaics! Thanks for sharing!!

  12. CA
    April 22, 2020 at 5:55 pm — Reply

    I used to do eggshell mosaics in Primary School. It was fun and can get frustrating at the same time. Most especially that eggshells are hard to work with. The mosaics that you have featured from Italy have very intricate details. I bet finishing a beautiful mosaic installation is such an accomplishment.

  13. Marie Phillips
    April 22, 2020 at 6:41 pm — Reply

    The lily wall and the bathroom are absolutely stunning. They may be my favorites of all your other posts. But what a dream to find that 200+ year old mosaic!!!!

    • April 23, 2020 at 12:33 pm — Reply

      I’ve gone to a couple of archeological sites featuring mosaic pieces some of which are 2000+ years old!!! Gorgeous pieces…

  14. Arris Gawe
    April 22, 2020 at 7:11 pm — Reply

    I love arts though but haven’t heard of that mosaic. Well, thanks for your informative article. Great job!

  15. Neely Moldovan
    April 22, 2020 at 9:44 pm — Reply

    I love these! They are so beautiful! Those lips above the bed are absolutely my fav!

  16. Heather
    April 22, 2020 at 10:09 pm — Reply

    So many amazing mosaics! I would love to have one in our home someday.

  17. NY
    April 23, 2020 at 6:08 am — Reply

    I love going on vacation and looking at all the ancient art and buildings. They’re gorgeous and go to show us how creative and talented civilisations were years prior to us.

  18. Kate
    April 23, 2020 at 6:15 am — Reply

    I travelled to see all of the mosaics in Spain made famous by Gaudi. It was interesting to read this article to learn more about mosaics, especially the more modern styles of today.

    • April 23, 2020 at 12:31 pm — Reply

      I did the same a couple of years ago, Gaudi’s masterpieces are stunning.

  19. MA
    April 23, 2020 at 6:27 am — Reply

    I always see beautiful mosaics in old historic churches here in the Philippines. I haven’t explored much from the other countries, but it would be a lovely idea! Thanks for sharing. these pieces are really beautiful.

  20. Krysten Quiles
    April 23, 2020 at 6:39 am — Reply

    Sigh these are all so beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

  21. Soph
    April 23, 2020 at 6:46 am — Reply

    These pictures are stunning- I can’t imagine how much time goes into a good mosaic, it’s fascinating!
    Soph

  22. W.E.
    April 23, 2020 at 8:31 am — Reply

    Wonderful work, the way of sharing the nature in an artistic language, so much beautiful.

  23. Steph
    April 23, 2020 at 9:06 am — Reply

    The bathroom mosaic is to die for.
    Thanks for sharing these great images.

  24. catherine santiago jose
    April 23, 2020 at 9:19 am — Reply

    I am so amazed with those artists making these kinds of beautiful artworks that will last for a lifetime like mosaic designs.

  25. Kelly
    April 23, 2020 at 9:52 am — Reply

    Have you seen my artwork? Haha! Of course I’ll be getting a professional! I love visiting your site for amazing ideas. You always inspire!

    • April 23, 2020 at 12:31 pm — Reply

      Thank you so much Kelly, I am so happy you’re enjoying my articles 🙂

  26. Ashlee
    April 23, 2020 at 10:36 am — Reply

    I never really gave much thought to mosaics, and all the different and eloquent uses of them, but this post really opened my eyes to their beauty. And I agree, art must last, and this planet is one of the best creations of art ever!

  27. Britt K
    April 23, 2020 at 10:42 am — Reply

    I have always loved the look of a mosaic and would definitely have a wall like that black and white modern mosaic you shared. I actually told my husband that we should do a mosaic as a feature wall when we redo the bathroom. I mean, why do boring bathroom tile if you can do something pretty with it? Right?

    • April 23, 2020 at 12:29 pm — Reply

      Can’t agree more Britt, check out mosaics’ lab lookbook, some of these bathrooms are stunning. The right mosaic piece would completely transform your bathroom.

  28. Jen Walker
    April 23, 2020 at 10:48 am — Reply

    These mosaics are incredible! I love the use of colour, and those with shade gradients are impressive.

  29. Kathy Kenny Ngo
    April 23, 2020 at 11:46 am — Reply

    Those mosaics are indeed a classic. I would definitely love to have one in my home. It would last for a long time.

  30. Stacie Connerty
    April 23, 2020 at 12:07 pm — Reply

    The artistry involved in some of these mosaics is simply unbelievable. When you think of the time spent to create the art….It’s hard to wrap your head around.

  31. Norma
    April 23, 2020 at 12:08 pm — Reply

    Wow those mosaics look super cool. Love the art.

  32. Kristyn
    April 23, 2020 at 12:38 pm — Reply

    I could just stare at these for hours. So beautiful.

  33. Elizabeth O
    April 23, 2020 at 12:56 pm — Reply

    I’m a big fan of mosaics so I never tire of looking at the selections that you share. This collection is superb!

  34. Holly
    April 23, 2020 at 1:06 pm — Reply

    I love that so much history can be built into a beautiful display like these. Mosaics are definitely something I love to see when traveling.

  35. Katie Lam
    April 23, 2020 at 1:16 pm — Reply

    I love the mosaic art!! So timeless loveeee

  36. Olya AMANOVA
    April 23, 2020 at 1:22 pm — Reply

    I love handwork of that kind. It makes the place feel valued and adorned. I am grateful for this read. Makes one see things in a different lite.

  37. Sarah Ann
    April 23, 2020 at 1:33 pm — Reply

    Mosaics are so impressive. There is so much detail involved! I did a university project on ancient Roman mosaics and they are spectacular, in particular their flooring.

  38. Melissa Jacobs
    April 23, 2020 at 3:38 pm — Reply

    These are all so pretty but the last one is my favorite. I love that bathroom! Thanks for sharing.

  39. Natalia
    April 23, 2020 at 4:37 pm — Reply

    That’s so true that mosaics can last for ages! They always catch my attention, as I truly love this kind of art! 🙂

  40. LY
    April 23, 2020 at 4:56 pm — Reply

    I love the designs of these mosaics as they look more like artwork then mosaics. The Greek mosaic at the ancient greek city Zeugma caught my eye.

  41. Tara Pittman
    April 23, 2020 at 5:30 pm — Reply

    I love the look of these. How I wish that I could let people in my house to get this done to my bathroom

  42. Papa Jack
    April 23, 2020 at 7:05 pm — Reply

    These Mosaic design is totally incredible. It speaks a lot to me like determination and perseverance.

  43. T
    April 23, 2020 at 7:37 pm — Reply

    Mosaic designs I believe are forever, I’ve seen so many historical mosaic designs in many museums.

  44. Cindy Ingalls
    April 23, 2020 at 9:31 pm — Reply

    These are beyond gorgeous, I could look at them all day. I hope to incorporate a mosaic in my home somewhere.

  45. Margaret
    April 23, 2020 at 11:26 pm — Reply

    Wow, all of these sample mosaics are just magnificant. And I’ve never really thought about it, but yes, I guess mosaics can last forever. What an amazing piece of art it can be.

  46. Bree
    April 23, 2020 at 11:26 pm — Reply

    I can’t believe how intricate some of these are. I truly hope they last the test of time- they are masterpieces!

  47. Umesh Bhardwaj
    April 24, 2020 at 12:55 am — Reply

    Some seriously incredible works of art. Mosaics are really pretty timeless! Thanks for sharing.

  48. Tee
    April 24, 2020 at 3:55 am — Reply

    Those mosaic are masterpieces! The details in them are incredible, I always wonder how great they are!

  49. Yana Marchuk
    April 24, 2020 at 4:31 am — Reply

    This is very historic and oh so beautiful thanks for sharing!

  50. Sol
    April 24, 2020 at 5:12 am — Reply

    Because of your site and posts, I can’t help recalling all mosaic inspired work of arts I’ve seen and started to appreciate the beauty of the amazing artworks !

  51. Agnes
    April 24, 2020 at 5:36 am — Reply

    I always find mosaic is like a grand form of art. It can be simple to elegant.

  52. aisasami
    April 24, 2020 at 6:33 am — Reply

    This is an interesting post and I learn a lot. There is a lot of historic value in mosaic pieces and I learn a lot about that in your post!

  53. TS
    April 24, 2020 at 8:13 am — Reply

    Mosaics are really lovely to look at! It expresses feelings in art form and they usually require inspiration, creativity, and hardwork. They’re so mesmerizing!

  54. Melissa Cushing
    April 24, 2020 at 8:13 am — Reply

    Love all of the wonderful pictures above and these mosaics are works of art for sure. They are gorgeous and I especially love that door! So pretty and what statement 🙂

  55. Petra Dilone
    April 24, 2020 at 8:16 am — Reply

    What a timeless and fascinating art. It brings back so many memories of places I’ve been to. Amazing pictures in your article. Love them all.

  56. Natalie
    April 24, 2020 at 8:43 am — Reply

    Beautiful mosaic art. Impressive work. Timeless!

  57. Sol
    April 24, 2020 at 9:15 am — Reply

    Great mosaic artwork collection! Indeed they are so amazing!

  58. Rebecca
    April 24, 2020 at 9:45 am — Reply

    These pictures are wonderful, mosaics are so interesting and beautiful!

  59. Jon Maldia
    April 24, 2020 at 10:12 am — Reply

    I love mosaics. There are tons in the NY Subway stations. I always enjoy looking at them.

  60. Lyosha
    April 24, 2020 at 1:29 pm — Reply

    Mosaics sure are classic! I was so amazed seeing the old Greek mosaics, so bright and arty as if it was done yesterday

  61. Nayna Kanabar
    April 24, 2020 at 1:32 pm — Reply

    The mosaics are absolutely stunning, the designs are awesome and very intricate. They are certainly works of art.

  62. Alissa Ackerman
    April 24, 2020 at 2:54 pm — Reply

    The political humor you threw in made me chuckle… 😂
    Mosaics truly are timeless, though! These examples are all beautiful and diverse in style, while still keeping a cohesive feel.

  63. Jocelyn
    April 24, 2020 at 4:47 pm — Reply

    Such gorgeous mosaics! The photos alone are enough to visit this site multiple times. Thanks for sharing!

  64. Melanie williams
    April 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm — Reply

    Wow there are some amazing pieces here for sure. Love the one of the red lips over the bed x

  65. Garf
    April 24, 2020 at 6:08 pm — Reply

    These are impressive works of mosaic art. However, I will take diamonds any time of day 😉

  66. Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    April 24, 2020 at 8:02 pm — Reply

    That mosaic artwork of the white flower is so stunning to me!

  67. Semmarys
    April 24, 2020 at 8:35 pm — Reply

    Your post is very interesting. So many amazing mosaics. Thank you for sharing

  68. Catha
    April 24, 2020 at 10:56 pm — Reply

    these mosaic artwork are so beautiful. i want to see them personally.

  69. Britt
    April 24, 2020 at 11:48 pm — Reply

    Beautiful mosaics! So true that art like this will outlast anything digital we can create.

  70. Aisiah
    April 25, 2020 at 7:17 am — Reply

    It takes a lot of patience and creativity to make a beautiful mosaic.

  71. Joanna
    April 25, 2020 at 8:11 am — Reply

    You are right, mosaics are forever! They have been around for so long and some of the most fascinating works of art in the world, from the Roman times, have used this technique.

  72. Lyosha
    April 25, 2020 at 8:34 am — Reply

    Mosaics are so special and definitely classic. It is still sits hard on my head how advanced mosaics were 1000s of years ago

  73. Lush
    April 25, 2020 at 9:07 am — Reply

    Mosaics are such a beautiful art form and it takes skill to create something truly beautiful.

  74. Priya
    April 25, 2020 at 3:51 pm — Reply

    Wow, what beautiful designs. Seems like a lot of hard work though. I would love to have designs like these in my house.

  75. Fatima Torres
    April 25, 2020 at 6:32 pm — Reply

    Since coming to your blog, I’ve learned to appreciate mosaics more. There’s so much that goes into creating them, but the results are stunning! Love the kitchen mosaics.

  76. Stephanie
    April 25, 2020 at 8:41 pm — Reply

    Those are such beautiful pieces! Especially the mosaic in the Basilica in Italy. One reason I’d love to come visit the churches there.

  77. Sondra Barker
    April 25, 2020 at 11:21 pm — Reply

    Wow these are beautiful, thanks for sharing about this!

  78. Raksha
    April 25, 2020 at 11:40 pm — Reply

    Wow those mosaics look amazingly pretty. Such beautiful designs.

  79. Dris Wallace
    April 26, 2020 at 11:49 pm — Reply

    Wow so amazing it’s unbelievable!

  80. Neely Moldovan
    April 27, 2020 at 8:07 am — Reply

    Oh wow these are so beautiful! I love seeing the mosaics!

  81. Dani
    April 27, 2020 at 3:05 pm — Reply

    Mosaics are SO beautiful! We love the artistry behind this.

  82. Laura Schwormstedt
    May 1, 2020 at 6:55 am — Reply

    I love visiting cities and historical places that have really old mosaics – they are so beautiful and tell such amazing stories

    Laura x

  83. Rochelle
    May 1, 2020 at 11:02 am — Reply

    The green mosaic wall in the bathroom is absolutely STUNNING!

  84. Vasu Devan
    May 3, 2020 at 8:55 am — Reply

    I love mosaic art. It always makes me think about the artists , how they would have planned the whole thing. These are definitely some of the great example of mosaic art. I personally think it is not dying any time soon.

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