Category Archives: Stone Mosaics

Ancient Tile Work from Around the World

Cultures across the world have used tile work as decorative architectural accents, as well as for surfaces upon which to walk. Modern tile work frequently appears on bathroom floors, on walls as decorative accents, and even on ceilings as a representation of pure artistic talent.

Some ancient civilizations where architects and artisans created amazing tile work and mosaics include ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and all the way back to prehistoric Iran. Incredibly, some of the tile work that was created thousands of years ago has remained on display to this day. Tile work commonly appeared on ancient mosques and cathedrals, as well as on residential homes.

Ancient Greek Tile Work & Mosaics

Like the Middle East and the Roman Empire, the Greeks would also cultivate exceptional artistry in tile flooring and wall mosaics. In fact, an ancient mosaic dating back to the 2nd century BC was recently uncovered by archaeologists in an area that was once the ancient Greek city of Zeugma. Incredibly, the 2007 discovery found that more than 2,000 homes were in good condition due to centuries spent buried under the water.

Similar to the development of mosaics and glass tile work within the Roman Empire, the Greeks would also transform their simple geometric mosaic patterns into portraits and pictures of real life objects, including animals, plants, and tools of the era. Those ancient, artistic traditions continue to this day.

Ancient Iranian Tile in Prehistoric Times

Decorative tile was used to create distinguished arts and architecture in Iran and was commonly used as part of the full range of decorative Iranian features like brickwork and stone carvings. Some of the earliest decorative tiles were used to cover monuments in ancient Iran, and patterned mosaics soon followed as the art evolved.

Early mosaics were often designed as intricate geometric patterns, and the art eventually started to feature trees, animals, and plants. One of the earliest mosaics ever found dates back to more than a thousand years BC and was created for a temple in Mesopotamia. Early tile work would eventually become more advanced as artisans began to use glazed bricks.

Roman Mosaics from Africa to Antioch

The mosaics and tile flooring of ancient Rome was found in many structures, including private homes and publicly accessible buildings. The mosaics, many of which are still in existence, offer a keen look into the talents of ancient artists, as well as the everyday lives of people living under the gaze of the Roman empire. To this day, Italian tile continues to exist as a world-renowned example of the art.

Italian mosaics were once made of small pebbles, and they were also crafted with pebbles in other cultures of the time, including the Minoan civilization on Crete and the Mycenaean civilization of Greece. The art of creating mosaics would come into its own around the 3rd Century BC when builders, architects, and artists would begin creating beautiful mosaics in intricate patterns, as well as of realistic portraits.

Install Glass Tile or Italian Tile in Your Home or Business

Horizon Italian Tile offers more than 20 years of experience in working with premier quarries and factories to offer our clients unique and beautiful mosaics and tile flooring. Contact us today to talk about your project and how we can help you create something beautiful for your residential or commercial space.

Modern Bath Trends

We love all things design – especially design blogs- and is no exception. This article originally posted in 2014, has been trending again showcasing great images and ideas.

The Warmth of Wood

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Playing with Pattern

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“Mix and Match” Tile

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The use of wood look tile EVERYWHERE is mentioned- including a variety of new offerings in landscape pavers.  Set in a bed of sand, or grass, these 3/4″ thick paver options in sizes up to 24×48 are perfect for your garden or outdoor living space.


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Snow Art

While there isn’t snow in Texas right now, there is an abundance this time of year in many places around the world. Like the French Alps, for example. Artist Simon Beck creates amazing patterns in snow.



These impressive creations bring to mind some of our white marbles and patterns available in a variety of grey and white stones.

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Click here for more Snow Art creations and the article on

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Whether you prefer skiing in the great outdoors, or would rather enjoy a hot beverage inside by the fire, these designs inspire!