Even the origin of the word "mosaic" points to a connection with art. The word "mosaic" is derived from "musa", which is Greek. In Greek mythology, the nine Muses, the daughters of Zeus, the ruler of all gods, are the protectors of science and the arts. The Latin word "musaem", which is related to "mosaic", means "temple of Muses", i.e. the temple that is dedicated to the arts.
Since time began, mosaics have been used to embellish and restore items and to decorate walls and floors. While the images and motifs created with mosaic tiles have changed over the course of history, mosaics have always been utilised in multiple, figurative ways to create either individual motifs or large patterns that result from combining mosaic tiles.
Pebble mosaics in ancient times
Long before the production of cement-based mosaic tiles, pebbles were used as the first floor mosaics, which were made from the 5th century BC onwards. The Greeks used to work with properly hewn stone cubes from the 2nd century BC. Again it was the Greeks who were the first to integrate figurative motifs and pictures into their mosaics. It did not take long before the Romans popularised this type of mosaic all around the Mediterranean. The Alexander Mosaic of Pompeji (around 100 before Christ), made of more than four million stones, is one of the most significant and important early Roman finds.
Mosaic tiles and fashion trends
Over time, mosaics evolved, and the art of mosaics too was subject to various, changing trends and fashions concerning colour, production and materials. At one point, for example, it became fashionable to use glass stones, which, due to their excellent light-reflecting properties, were ideal to beautify the interior of churches. Then, the art of mosaics was discovered by architects who used them on a grand scale to embellish facades.
Anyone laying mosaics had to be extremely skilful as he had to use small and, at times, the tiniest of stones with an edge length of 1-2 cm to create pictures or ornaments measuring several hundreds of meters. The material used for the mosaics might have been coloured blown glass, porcelain or even glazed earthenware.
Mosaic tiles from VIA - based on 150 years of tradition
Mosaic tiles made from cement can be found in the halls, stairwells and bathrooms of many old houses and villas. These mosaics represent a tradition that is more than 150 years old. The use of very fine marble dust allows the production of very intricate ornaments. With its mosaic tiles VIA is continuing this tradition of designing floors. The company produces many patterns, colours, formats and designs based on old historic samples. VIA mosaic tiles lend rooms distinction; they create an incomparable ambiance; they stand out due to the very elegant, iridescent colours and opulent patterns.
Your individual decision: unique tiles from VIA
VIA offers a very broad and ever widening range of products. There are no limits to your creativity and imagination. VIA mosaic tiles include Mediterranean as well as antique and modern patterns. Why not design the walls and floors in your hall and living space based on your very own and unique ideas?
A mosaic worker had to be very artful, he had to make pictures or ornaments of several hundred meters from very small stones, sometimes less than 1-2 cm in length. The mosaic stones consisted of coloured cast glass, porcelain or glazed stoneware.
In contrast, mosaics are often manufactured industrially in modern times. Mosaics of glass, natural stone and ceramics are prefabricated and sold on paper or web. However, the original variant of the mosaic laying has become more and more popular nowadays, especially in the artisan sector. The enthusiasm for the mosaic has been preserved over the centuries.
In many old houses and villas, cement mosaic tiles are found in entrance areas, stairwells and bathrooms. These have a more than 150 year old tradition. By the use of fine marble-dust, very delicate ornaments can be produced. Via continues this traditional design of soils. Many patterns, colours, formats and designs are produced by VIA according to ancient historical templates. The VIA mosaic tiles enhance spaces and create an incomparable atmosphere. They are characterized by very noble, chanding colours and magnificent patterns.
VIA offers a very wide, constantly expanding range. Let your creativity and imagination run wild. The handmade products achieve an extraordinary effect in every room and set exciting, new accents. You can take a look at the VIA range of tiles in our online shop and find out about its dimensions and properties. The VIA tiles include Mediterranean, antique and modern patterns.
Design your floors and walls in the entrance area and living area completely individually and incomparably. Be inspired by the photographs and plan the integration of floor tiles or wall tiles in the kitchen or the bathroom. In addition to floral patterns with beautiful floral ornamentation and geometric patterns, many other designs lend these rooms the desired look and feel. You do not have to remain with a tile type. The combination of tiles with different patterns and colours creates a very personal, unique floor or wall covering.