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31 May 2021

When it comes to home design, there are many different approaches people like to take. Some will opt for something traditional and grand, others colourful and funky. A further approach may be to look for something exotic and a bit different.

The truth is, everyone has different tastes and ideas, which is why we cater for such a wide array of choices.

For those who like both the idea of tradition and of something colourful and visually striking, products like mosaic effect floor tiles are ideal.

Mosaics are among the most historic forms of decoration around. The oldest mosaics date back to around 4-5,000 years ago in Mesopotamia, and have remained a highly popular art form across the near east and Mediterranean regions ever since.

They are, for instance, a common feature of classical culture, being seen in prominent temples and civic buildings in ancient Greece and everywhere the Romans went, including many instances from the four centuries of occupation of Britain.

The finest examples of Roman mosaics in Britain include items on display in museums, such as the British Museum, Museum of London, the Yorkshire Museum in York and Colchester Castle Museum, the town’s castle itself having been built from the rubble of the former Temple of Claudius. Other examples exist in buildings such as Fishbourne Roman Palace in West Sussex.

However, mosaics were also created by the ancient Maya civilisations, which may suggest that the style developed independently more than once.

Mosaics have never gone out of fashion. Used in thousands of historic churches, they were particularly prominent in Medieval Spain, while in the new world the largest mosaic on earth was established in the 19th century in the Cathedral Basilica of St Louis, Missouri.

The ornate nature of design, the stunning results it can bring, the richness of its heritage and the fact that it can be repurposed to create modern images and icons make mosaic a style that will always stand the test of time.

After all, it could have been labelled ‘ancient’ and ‘historic’ even when the Romans were in Hertfordshire!