The colourful world of mosaic tiles
The word mosaic is derived from the late Latin musaicum (opus - work dedicated to the muses). The musival technique refers to the assembling of differently coloured flat plates of stone, metal or wood to form decorative patterns. Mosaics have recently regained importance in the field of arts and crafts. You can find out more here in the section on mosaic tiles.
In the Main Tower in Frankfurt am Main, for example, there is an impressive wall mosaic "Frankfurter Treppe" by the Berlin artist Stephan Huber.
And so you too can create your own mosaic: On the wall of the house, on flower tubs or glass vases, on plates, the floor ... There are no limits to your imagination! Let yourself be enchanted by the ancient art of stone-laying.
By the way, the oldest mosaics in the world were found between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in Mesopotamia, near the city of Ur, dating back to Sumerian times (approx. 2500 - 3000 BC). They were columns made of palm trunks, covered with asphalt (a mixture of bitumen and aggregate) and decorated with mosaic tiles. However, mosaic tiles were also used at this time as a material for wall friezes in buildings and as decorations for jewellery boxes.
Mosaics were particularly widespread in the Roman Empire. Many floors, but also walls in residential buildings of the upper social class, were decorated with mosaics. In the first century AD, black and white mosaics were particularly popular, with geometric motifs predominating. Figurative representations were rather rare and only became popular in the second century. From the second century onwards, multi-coloured mosaics also appear. In the east of the empire, classical Greek stylistic elements and traditions predominate. This is because mosaic art was mainly practised in the Byzantine Empire.
Well-known late antique mosaics can be found in Ravenna, Italy, among other places.
Mosaics from Cologne
There are also some older mosaics in Germany that date from the time of the Roman occupation. One of the best known is the Dionysus mosaic in Cologne, which was found during shaft work in 1941 and over which the Roman-Germanic Museum was built.
You can find beautiful mosaic tiles to make your very own Roman mosaic on the "Mosaic" pages of the Roman Shop. We also have suggestions and templates for artistic mosaics. And we will also be happy to help you with questions about the choice of stone.
You can cut the different mosaic tiles with pliers or scissors according to your needs. You will find marble, Ceraton and Byzantic mosaic tiles in various sizes and colours in the "Mosaic" section.
Recommendation for your mosaic hobby
On the professional pages for mosaics you will find even more about the topic.
The Mosaic Tiles and Romans Shop Team wishes you a colourful journey of discovery through the dazzling and inspiring world of mosaics !
Mosaic tinkering | Primary school
Using water-based or tempera paint, the pupils can colour the prefabricated tiles from the Roman Shop themselves. The individual tiles are laid out in such a way that the template provides clarity. Whether a Roman gladiator's helmet, a Roman temple or even Roman bathing shoes, the pupils will have fun with the shapes and colours on antique material.
Mosaic craft | Mosaic school set
For advanced mosaic artists, there is the mosaic craft set in the Roman shop for making your own mosaic. Of course, there are instructions here too. The class set consists of 25 wooden boards, which are the basis for the Roman mosaic to be created. 800 mosaic tiles, colourful and made of Ceraton, are included in the mosaic craft set.
And with mosaic tongs and wood glue, you can start creating your own individual mosaic according to the Roman model. The mosaic craft set is also available in the Roman shop in another version that does not require tongs. Here, scissors are sufficient as a tool. If the stones are not enough, supplementary sets can be purchased in the Roman shop.
Making a mosaic | History
Incidentally, the word mosaic is derived from the late Latin word musaicum (opus); work dedicated to the muses. However, the mosaic is also a genre of painting technique known from antiquity, in which differently coloured or shaped pieces of stone, glass, paper or fabric are joined together to create a picture or pattern. The musival technique describes the principle of bringing together different plates of stone, metal or wood to form a decorative pattern.
Mosaics were widespread in the Roman Empire, black and white and geometric patterns were initially common. Later, figurative representations and colourful mosaics were added and Greek stylistic elements and techniques also had an influence on Roman mosaics. Well-known late antique mosaics can be admired in Ravenna, Italy, among other places.
Mosaics for children: fun for all ages
Mosaics already played an important role in ancient Egypt, Rome and other cultures. These are small ceramic discs that can be put together to form a large picture. But you should not imagine it to be as simple as it sounds. After all, the discs are small and colourful. Your mosaic picture can quickly become a colourful mess. However, you should not let this dissuade you, because a mosaic is a true splendour. Children in particular cannot resist mosaics. After all, they can play with lots of colourful little stones, put them together in special shapes and admire their work afterwards. Therefore, it is no wonder that mosaic is so popular for children. The best thing to do is to try out mosaic for children with your little ones today!
A suitable set
Mosaic for kids is perfect for school classes dealing with old eras. Since mosaic was used in almost every era, the small tiles can be individually adapted to the theme. It doesn't matter whether it's Egypt, Rome, Greece or Africa. The mosaic tiles will adapt to your ideas and thus create new and great pictures. Practical are the ready-made sets that you can find in our shop. These sets for school classes or home use contain all the materials you need for a relaxed day with mosaics for children. Depending on the set, this can be used for 20 to 25 children. Of course, you can also use it at home and get more out of it. From the age of six, children can work with the mosaic. In addition, wooden boards are supplied on which the colourful Ceraton mosaic tiles are fixed. To make sure they stay in place, the set includes a glue tube. Likewise, various templates are included that can support your own creativity. However, you do not have to work with these, but can let your own imagination play.
Of course, tinkering with mosaics is a great highlight for children. However, not only is it great fun and makes the time fly by, but it also has numerous benefits for the child's development. With mosaics for children, the little ones' motor skills can be increased. After all, you have to work with lots of little mosaic tiles and position them correctly. In addition, it tickles the creative vein of the children. With the mosaic for children, they can let off steam completely and discover what possibilities there are. In this respect, pictures are created that will differ from child to child.
Always a pleasure: Mosaic for children
If you no longer have enough stones, we also have colourful mixtures of mosaic for children. These contain one kilogram of the different stones that you can use. Therefore, you don't always have to buy the sets, but can simply start with a mixture. This is useful if you want to embellish flower pots, pictures or the floor together with your children. Of course, you can also buy a craft set that contains the parts so that you can form a certain pattern. This eliminates the difficult steps of your own creativity. Try out mosaic for children together with your little ones and you will soon be thrilled by the possibilities!