Mosaic art and designs are very popular in home renovation projects, especially for rooms that have water access like a bathroom or a kitchen; stones and glass are very good materials for keeping out water as well as being durable. But adding mosaics to a home to add beauty and value is not a modern invention. Instead, mosaic art has actually been in use for thousands of years. While they were not always glass mosaics, Spring Hill residents can still see the same design of having little pieces of material make up a larger picture or design going back at least four thousand years.
Romans Did Not Invent Mosaic Designs and Artwork
Romans invented and innovated a lot of new ideas and technology, and some of the best examples of ancient mosaics come from the Roman civilization, but they did not invent them. When it comes to who invented the first glass mosaics, Spring Hill residents are able to look up examples that predate the Roman civilization that were found in the middle east. The ancient civilization of Mesopotamia has the oldest known examples of mosaic artwork. Initially, not only glass was used for their depictions but various other colored stones, gems, and materials were used to make these designs. From Mesopotamia, the knowledge of mosaic making spread to Greece, North Africa and later to neighboring Rome and beyond.
How did Mosaics Make a Come Back?
Although it is a little hard to say when exactly a resurgence of popularity for mosaic artwork came to be, it is a more accepted assumption that mosaics as an artform that never went out of style. After the ancient civilizations of antiquity collapsed, Islamic societies and cultures began to utilize glass mosaics. Spring Hill residents who have ever been to church probably have seen mosaics or glass window panes before, suggesting that after antiquity, mosaics were known for being beautiful and precious. Because of modern glass making and ceramic making, mosaics have lost their glamor associated with them, but they still remain popular as being great pieces of artwork for modern homes.
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