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About Mosaic Tiles

opal-mosaic-tiles-1.jpgMosaic Tiles

For centuries, ceramic and mosaic tile makers experimented to broaden the range of colours they could achieve, subjecting different colours of clay and mineral glazes to the alchemy of the kiln. Modern chemistry and production technologies have added new shades as well as new ways of achieving gradations of colour within a single tile.

The highest of high-tech methods are applied to imitate the look and touch of ancient handmade tiles. New raw materials have replaced substances such as lead that were used in the past but are today considered environmentally sensitive. Today, manufacturers may subject a tile to more than twenty separate decorating procedures painting, brushing, spattering to duplicate the beauty and subtle variations in colour and texture produced by the presence of lead in a glaze. From electric brights to soft neutrals, the ever widening range of tile colours that found favor in the early 1990s is more complex today, enriched by nuanced mixtures and muted midtones. New techniques produce metallic, opalescent, and iridescent finishes, while faux stone is made in all the natural pinks, greens, grays, and golds of marble and granite. The popularity of multicultural influence is reflected in a world of imported ethnic tiles earthy Mexican terracottas, exuberant Portuguese colours, classic Dutch blues and whites, elaborate Moroccan patterns.

At the millennium, our attention is turned to the past; historic tiles of every period and style are being reproduced by manufacturers and tile artists alike. 
Choosing and using colour in interior design can establish a mood, arouse or calm the emotions, and evoke a particular style of living or historic era.

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