Byzantine mosaics

Teaching material mosaic. Byzantine mosaics are made of casted ceramics. Although suitable for professional mosaic works of art, it is particularly useful for simple beginners in classes or groups. Not only your students will be fascinated by the beauty of these mosaic tesserae, because the stones do not need any professional tools to work with them. You can cut them to shapes and sizes as you wish using ordinary scissors.

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Mosaic as teaching material

But if you want to be a bit more professional, you can also opt for slightly bigger scissors which you will find in our shop in the category on Teaching Material. There under Mosaic sets you will also find a whole range of different coloures at a fantastically low price.

Let the stones shine

In your mosaic lizards climb up the wall... flowers decorate your dining table and your kitchen wall becomes a vineyard... A vase dazzles in the mosaic-look or the bedpost looks like a Hundertwasser artwork... Mosaics invite for creative dreams! Make dreams come true with self-designed artworks. It's simple: Create a design, stick the stones on it, fill the edges of the stones with grout, wipe the mosaic and your gem is perfect.

Mosaics made from Marble

Marble was already used in antiquity for magnificent patterns. International museums today show, how elaborate the works of art were. In order to allow you to recreate marble mosaics, we also offer marble tesserae in our Teaching Material category. Like with the other mosaic tesserae, the final mosaic can easily be grouted. We recommend to apply wax or olive oil on the final mosaic so that it becomes more durable. Due to their low height, the marble stones can easily be cut using pliers which we offer in the shop.

Small history of the mosaic

The term ‘mosaic’ derives from the later Latin ‘musaicum (opus)’, it was the work of dedication, of inspiration, namely of proximity to the muses. The mosaic is a popular genus known from ancient times, the painting technique of differently coloured or shaped parts made of stone, glass, paper or fabric to yield a picture or pattern was liked all over in Antiquity. They existed as black and white geometric patterns, but soon were further developed into a highly sophisticated iconography which was as detailed as mural paintings. There are well-known late antique mosaics, especially those that can still be seen in Ravenna, Italy.

Roman mosaics

Mosaics were one of the art products that were loved by the Romans and can be found in all parts of their Empire. Many floors and walls in residential buildings of the upper social class were decorated with mosaics. In the first century, especially black and white mosaics were popular, with geometric motives dominating. In contrast, figural representations are rare and became only popular during the second century. Interestingly, the same fashion was followed by Jews and Christians. Since the second century, however, more and more multi-colored mosaics were developed and soon classical mythological themes were added to the geometric motifs. Well-known late antique mosaics are located among others in the Italian Ravenna.

Characteristics of the Byzantine mosaics

One of the particulars of Byzantine mosaics was the irregular surface structure and their intended inaccurate measurements. As a result no mosaic looks the same and the images seem more natural and lively. Using our Byzantine mosaic set, you can recreate the ancient structure of the surface, and your mosaic breathes a Mediterranean flair. The colours are a delight and you can even use the mosaic for decorating outdoor floors or walls.