Roman, Circa 300 A.D.
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Mosaics of tile and pebble have been made for thousands of years by many different cultures with a developed tradition of ornament. Especially notable achievements in mosaic art have been made in Near Eastern, Mediterranean and Asian cultures, where a great many ancient examples have survived in fine form despite exposure to the elements and practical function as walking surfaces over millennia. Elaborate floor, wall and ceiling mosaics still adorn the parks, palaces and temples of many ancient monuments.

The mosaic art of the Islamic world has been a great source of technical and aesthetic inspiration for Western artists in modern times. In Islam, depictions of God can only be made in abstract form. Hence the wonderfully detailed, elaborate designs of mosque floors and walls.

One hundred years ago in the Catalonia region of Spain, Antonio Gaudi worked intensively with mosaic craftsmen to give colourful flourishes to his unique architectural inventions. In North America, mosaic art experienced a brief but popular revival in the 1950s and 60s, as a means to enhance otherwise spartan modern building styles. It also caught on as a professional decorative style and home craft. Today, mosaic art is enjoying an ongoing resurgence of popularity. with many people desiring of a more hand-made look in home environment features.

Fountain in Hereford Cathedral
London, England

In its beginnings, Mosaic Planet's was deeply inspired by the work of Maggy Howarth in England - a modern master of pebble mosaics

They last “forever”!