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MOSAIC FLOORING

The Romans were great masters of mosaic flooring from small - scale works for domestic interiors to enormous pavimental mosaics for civic spaces.

All floors must be hardwearing and must be absolutely smooth, practical objectives that are best achieved through the indirect method.

The indirect method was primarily developed in order that large - scale works could be undertaken off - site for reasons of accessibility and convenience. Using the indirect method the mosaicist sticks the tesserae face down and in reverse on to a temporary support using an impermanent bonding agent (water based glue). A permanent base (usually cement) is then prepared into which the tesserae are set and the temporary support is finally peeled away to reveal the front of the mosaic for the first time.

The resultant mosaic surface is much flatter than that produced using the direct method. This is a great advantage when creating smooth finishes and is therefore ideal for floors. Mosaics made using the indirect method are invariably grouted in order to enhance their smoothness and durability and to make them easy to clean.

Gilzeans Sports Bar
Gilzeans Sports Bar mosaic under construction using the indirect method  
Gilzeans Sports Bar mosaic insitu.
Design for main entrance floor. Sited at Gilzeans Sports Bar, Zetland Street, Middlesbrough.

Done using the indirect method, (image on left) shows the mosaic under construction, (image on right) shows mosaic in situ.

Measurements : Length = 6' 6" x Width = 4'.

Materials : non-glazed tessera.

Mermaid Bathroom Floor Mosaic
Mermaid Bathroom floor mosaic underconstruction using the indirect method  
Mermaid Bathroom Mosaic Insitu
Design for bathroom floor.

Depicting mermaid with mirror. Done using indirect method.

(Image on the left) mosaic under construction, (image on the right) completed mosaic.

Measurements : Length = 6' x Width = 4'.

Materials : Vitmos glass and unglazed tessera.

Fish Bathroom Floor Mosaic
Mosaic Bathroom Floor Depicting Angelfish and Imperial Angelfish.  
Bathroom Floor Mosaic : Closeup of Imperial Angelfish

Design for bathroom floor.

Depicting Angelfish and Imperial Angelfish. Done using indirect method.

Measurements : Length = 6' x Width = 5' 6".

Materials : Vitmos glass and unglazed tessera.

Lizards Toilet Floor Mosaic
Mosaic Lizards Constructed Using The Indirect Method
Lizard Mosaic Toilet Floor Underconstruction Using The Indirect Method.
Lizard Mosaic Toilet Floor Instiu.

Design for toilet floor.

Depicting several lizards running across toilet floor and up the back wall and door. Done using indirect method.

Measurements : Length = 5' x Width = 3' 6".

Materials : Vitmos glass and unglazed tessera.

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