Mosaic Art

Why are mosaic tiles expensive?

(4 min read) We’ve talked about the intricate beauty and durability of mosaic artwork many times. It is clear why mosaic art tends to be a bit pricey and why it is worth it, but what about mosaic tiles? That turned out to be one of the most searched questions on the web when it comes to mosaics in general. So, let’s break it down and explain it as best as we can.

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The beauty of glass mosaic tiles. Mosaic by Inna, Image source: Link.

First of all, it is good to keep in mind that the reason for this question to be so buzzy is probably because tiles are one of the most commonly used construction materials in the world. They are used for both protection and decoration and once you do a price vs. value comparison, you will quickly realize that most of the regular tiles are pretty affordable. So, what makes mosaic tiles even more special than regular tiles?

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Close-up of the glass mosaic tiles on one of Sonia King’s remarkable artworks. Mosaic Artwork by Sonia King. Image Source: Link.


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Marble mosaic tiles at their best. Mosaic Artwork by Mosaics Lab.

Mosaic tiles come in a variety of shapes and sizes and that’s what makes them harder to manufacture. Sometimes mosaic may be pricier than a natural stone backsplash, simply because it was more difficult to produce it. Most mosaic tiles use high-end glass and marble and most are hand-cut. In our catalog, all of them are hand-cut by the artists themselves. The tiles that are mass-produced are of course cheaper, with less charm and no authenticity.

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A lovely example of work-in-progress contemporary mosaic art made of premium marble. Mosaic Mural by Mosaics Lab.


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Iridescent glass tiles.

Even if you are new to this corner of the internet, by now you’ve probably realized that there are different types of mosaic tiles out there, and all of them come with different price tags. Ceramic mosaic tiles are always the cheapest option and they can look quite cute when installed. However, a bit steeper price that comes attached to glass or marble mosaic tiles will buy you more durability and easier maintenance. Ceramic tiles are easily chipped and most are glazed which means you will have to polish them from time to time. When it comes to glass or marble mosaic tiles all you have to do is wipe them with a mop sometimes.

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Interesting placement of the ceramic tile mosaic art. Image Source: Link.

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Contemporary mosaic art is made of marble mosaic tiles. Mosaic Mural Portrait by Mosaics Lab.

One of the aspects that can heavily influence the price is the size of the installation area. The larger the area covered in mosaic, the bigger the price. One of the main reasons for that is the installation itself because it is difficult to replicate the same design in a separate sheet of mosaic tiles, which considerably increases the cost. However, if you opt to simply buy a particular mosaic artwork at Mosaics Lab u can opt for a particular size, so it covers the surface in its entirety. That basically means that we will meet you halfway if you compare the price of one bigger mosaic artwork to several smaller ones.

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Various types of mosaic tiles. Image Source: Link.

In the end, let’s sum up all of the advantages of using mosaic tiles. All of the materials of which mosaics are constructed have gone through immense pressure and temperature, which makes them resistant to heat, moisture, fumes, and light. Other types of tiles and materials tend to lose their radiance over time simply due to constant exposure. For example, the highly abrasive volcanic ashes couldn’t even disturb the beauty of some mosaics in Pompeii. In my book, the main advantage of mosaic tiles is their customizability. They allow you to mimic any design, develop any idea and be as detailed and make it as intricate as you like. With mosaic tiles you get that irreplaceable one-of-a-kind look, so you can be sure that your space’s aesthetic can never be duplicated.

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Why are mosaic tiles expensive?

Why are mosaic tiles expensive?Mosaic_Tiles, Mosaics_Tiles, Mosaic_Artworks
Why are mosaic tiles expensive?

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Why are mosaic tiles expensive?

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Why are mosaic tiles expensive?

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M. Belosh

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27 Comments

  1. Lyosha
    June 12, 2022 at 10:03 am — Reply

    I never thought it was expensive first place. Yes, it is not cheap but so art and mosaic is art. regular tiles are necessity while mosaics are not. I was interesting to know about different production related moment in price ranges. Thanks!

  2. Sarah Stockley
    June 12, 2022 at 12:01 pm — Reply

    You really do have to admire the workmanship that goes into these artworks. A lot of them are very intricate and have had a lot of time spent putting them together.

  3. Stephanie
    June 13, 2022 at 10:35 am — Reply

    I wouldn’t have expected a mosaic to be cheap. Especially if it’s custom-made. Artwork is expensive because of the craftsmanship and how much work it takes to make it. I didn’t know, though, that you can get mass-produced mosaic tiles or ones cut custom for the piece.

  4. Risa Lopez
    June 13, 2022 at 1:50 pm — Reply

    Wow, that’s amazing! But I agree that creating art like mosaic takes a lot of time. It is worth the price.

  5. Riv
    June 13, 2022 at 2:25 pm — Reply

    Mosaic tiles are expensive but worth the cost. Here in Italy, we pay good money for them!

  6. Beth
    June 13, 2022 at 3:25 pm — Reply

    It makes sense that mosaic tile would cost more. The production, installation, artistry – it all costs more. I think it’s absolutely worth it, though.

  7. Heather
    June 13, 2022 at 4:32 pm — Reply

    I think it’s totally feasible that some mosaic tiles are so expensive. It has to do with material and quality I’m sure.

  8. Renata Feyen
    June 13, 2022 at 6:32 pm — Reply

    I didn’t realize they were so expensive, but it makes sense when they are handmade

  9. Rosey
    June 14, 2022 at 12:56 am — Reply

    I imagine the installation is quite the process. I would expect to pay a pretty penny to install mosaics. You pay for luxury.

  10. Melanie Edjourian
    June 14, 2022 at 5:04 am — Reply

    It’s amazing the amount of time and expertise that goes into these designs. It’s a form of art so pricing can vary greatly.

  11. Tammy
    June 14, 2022 at 10:47 am — Reply

    To even piece together one of these is incredible to think about. I would love to install mosaics somewhere in my house. I think it adds such a unique feel to the space.

  12. Risa Lopez
    June 14, 2022 at 12:38 pm — Reply

    Mosaic art like this takes a long time to create. I think it is worth the price. I would also love to learn how to make beautiful mosaic arts like this one day.

  13. Ivan Carlo Jose
    June 15, 2022 at 3:24 am — Reply

    Its great that you explained it thoroughly for people to understand the logic behind the pricing of mosaic tiles.

  14. Cristina Petrini
    June 15, 2022 at 4:24 am — Reply

    In fact, I have always seen mosaics as works, as well as beautiful, very expensive and only suitable for villas!

  15. Liz
    June 15, 2022 at 10:28 am — Reply

    It is no wonder that the Mosaic tiles is more expensive but so worth it. I love that these are hand-cut and use high-end glass showcasing their quality.

  16. Ivan Carlo Jose
    June 15, 2022 at 10:41 am — Reply

    I know mosaics can be expensive but I didn’t know the reasons why. Now, I understand why their cost is high.

  17. Sam
    June 15, 2022 at 11:38 am — Reply

    I always thought mosaics were expensive because of how much handy work is required. Never thought about the titles themselves.

  18. Amber Solis
    June 15, 2022 at 11:48 am — Reply

    What beautiful work. Such talent. I never thought about mosaics being expensive and would have thought the opposite. Thank you for sharing.

  19. Risa Lopez
    June 15, 2022 at 11:50 am — Reply

    I totally agree! Mosaic artworks are pricey because they can last for decades.

  20. Cessy
    June 15, 2022 at 3:39 pm — Reply

    Stunning mosaic art is expensive, as so much goes into it.
    Quality of materials and the craftsmanship of the maker – all that costs.
    The fishes are stunning!

  21. Sonia Seivwright
    June 15, 2022 at 3:47 pm — Reply

    Wow, the hard work of bringing Art to life is amazing. keep them coming.

  22. Rhian Westbury
    June 16, 2022 at 6:20 am — Reply

    I think like anything the harder it is to produce and the more work it takes the more expensive it is. But well worth it x

  23. Ivan Carlo Jose
    June 16, 2022 at 7:11 am — Reply

    I really like to have mosaic in my home. I’d better start saving for it now.

  24. Tammy
    June 16, 2022 at 11:05 am — Reply

    When you think about the amount of work and time that goes into each piece, it really should come as no surprise but I think it’s a incredible investment if you can afford to add it to your home design. It’s just so beautiful!

  25. Risa Lopez
    June 16, 2022 at 1:10 pm — Reply

    At the first glance, it looks easy to make but if you look closer you’ll see the detailed pieces and realize that it’s worth the price. It’s detailed and classy. Thanks for the information.

  26. Jupiter Hadley
    June 18, 2022 at 2:48 am — Reply

    I had no idea these were one of the most commonly used construction materials in the world. Makes a lot of sense though!

  27. Samantha Donnelly
    June 21, 2022 at 10:25 am — Reply

    You just have to look at the detail and dedicated time involved to realise they are not cheap

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