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The History of Mosaic Tile

Today, glass tile is a popular choice for mosaics due to its versatility and translucent appearance, but stone and other materials can also be used. If you’re interested in adding a beautiful mosaic to your home’s décor, then read on to learn about the history of mosaic tile.


Mosaics are images or designs created from a collection of small pieces of material, such as stone and glass, and the earliest known mosaics were made in Mesopotamia and date back more than 3 millennia. These mosaics were made from shells, ivory, and colored stones and were found in a temple in Ubaid.


In the 4 th century BC, the ancient Greeks were creating mosaic floors in the homes of the wealthy. Excavations reveal pictorial scenes set inside of a border. Early examples of these mosaics were made of natural pebbles, while later ones use small cubes of cut stone and pieces of colored glass. The small pieces of material that the ancient Greeks used to create mosaics were called tesserae.


The popularity of mosaic tile spread from Greece to Rome and mosaics were made from the 1 st century BC through the 3 rd century AD. The ancient Romans created impressive mosaic floors in villas, often depicting charming scenes of life in a villa. Later, the bishop of Aquileia commissioned a splendid mosaic for the floor of his church, and this sparked the tradition of Christian mosaic.


The use of mosaic tile continued to spread, with its popularity rising and falling as trends came and went. Today, mosaic tile offers people a way to add everything from modern, colorful, geometric patterns to areas of the home to stunning and elaborate patterns that add elegance and rustic charm to a space.

Tile Fantastic has been in business as a tile store in San Jose for more than 40 years. If you’re interested in having tumbled stone, inlaid stone, or glass tile mosaics installed in your home, then please give us a call today at (408) 371-6247.

Add Luxury to Your Bathroom with Mosaic Tile

Mosaic tiles can complete a specific design or picture, but they can also create an air of unique sophistication in your bathroom. Whether you choose glass or porcelain tiles for your bathroom’s mosaic tiling, you will be happy with the end product.

You can add mosaic tiling throughout your entire bathroom or to a specific area. You may like the look of a solid color for your overall bathroom tiles and then add a mosaic design as a focal point. Or, you may prefer your entire bathroom design to have mosaic tiling. Consult with your tile store about how to create a beautiful and cohesive look that will add luxury to your bathroom.

Tile Fantastic is a leading designer and installer of mosaic tiles in Los Altos. We can help you decide between glass tile, porcelain, or one of the many other mosaic tiling materials available. Please call us at (408) 371-6247 to start the design process right away.

A Look at Porcelanosa's Anti-Slip Tile Guarantee

Porcelanosa tile can come in a variety of materials including ceramic, laminate, and porcelain tiles. One of the many features that comes with this popular tile brand is its anti-slip technology. Watch the video for a closer look at how Porcelanosa creates its anti-slip guarantee.

After many different tests to determine the angle and factors that make someone slip on the floor tiles, the Porcelanosa tile creators use the information to redesign the structure of their tiles. Using state-of-the-art technology, Porcelanosa is able to create beautiful non-slip tile flooring that requires little maintenance and comes in many designs.

Work with Tile Fantastic for all of your kitchen and bathroom tile ideas near Mountain View. We have a variety of materials from marble to glass tiles. We are available for your call at (408) 371-6247.

Creative Ways to Use Tile in Your Home

No matter the type of tile you choose— marble, limestone, travertine, and many more—there are always creative ways to use tile to decorate your home. You can design a decorative headboard, designate certain areas of your house, or feature your fireplace with beautiful tiles. The options are as endless as your ideas, so continue reading for a brief sampling of creative ways to use tile.

Tile Your Fireplace

You can decorate the inside or surrounding area of your fireplace in tile. Create a beautiful mosaic inside or outside of your fireplace with bright colors, inventive designs, and hardy tile. Speak with your tile store and installer about the right kind of tile that can stand up to the extreme heat and soot that it will encounter in your fireplace. If you prefer, you can simply tile the fireplace mantle to bring an extra flare to the area without the soot cleanup.

Mix Your Flooring

Instead of tiling each room in the same or individual designs, meld each area’s design with the other. For example, your dining area’s tile flooring can be simple or intricate as it connects to your nearby hardwood or carpeting. Choose inventive tile shapes, such as triangles or hexagons, and mix and match these shapes with your other flooring. Your flooring will be an interesting talking piece when guests come over for dinner.

Tile Your Headboard

Tile does not have to be on your floors, countertops, or backsplashes. You can tile your walls, ceiling, bathtub, and your headboard. Don’t settle for a boring headboard to go with your bedframe; use a mosaic tile or beautiful porcelain tile across the wall where your headboard would typically be. This will make a beautiful place to fall asleep and wake up every night and day.

Choose Tile Fantastic for your creative home improvements and tile flooring near San Jose. We can help you design and choose the right wall or floor tiles to suit your decorative needs. Please call us at (408) 371-6247 to learn more.

Comparing Your Options for a Tile Backsplash

Backsplashes are a common feature in kitchens and bathrooms. Whether they are decorated with glass, stone, or porcelain tile, backsplashes are beautiful ways to protect your walls from water, food, and other liquid damages. As you will soon find at your tile store, you have many options to choose from to create a beautiful and functional backsplash. Let’s take a look at some of your backsplash tile options.

Mirror Tile Backsplash

Mirrors visually open a space, so a mirror tile backsplash is perfect if you have a small kitchen. Even if you do not have a small space, then you can use mirror tiles to brighten and open a specific area of your kitchen. You can use a specific size and shape of mirror tiles, or you may choose to create an interesting mosaic of mirrors, metal, and other tile materials.

Glass Tile Backsplash

Glass tiles have become a popular design no matter where they are installed. As a backsplash, though, glass tiles are a beautiful addition to a kitchen or bathroom. Glass tiles come in a variety of colors, so you have many options when matching your glass tile backsplash to your current décor.

Diagonal Tile Backsplash

Whether you choose a solid color or patterned backsplash tile, consider turning it at an angle to create an interesting design. Diagonal tile backsplashes can easily break up what might be a drab or boring-looking backsplash.

Pattern Tile Backsplash

There are several types of patterned tile, including laser-cut, porcelain, painted, and many more. If you want to add to your kitchen or bathroom design, look at various patterns and colors. Many patterned tiles can also come in a type of “puzzle” where your tile installer will connect each tile’s design to create a cohesive overall design.

You have several choices when it comes to your backsplash ideas and tile store in Palo Alto. Call Tile Fantastic at (408) 371-6247 to see our large inventory and speak with our knowledgeable sales staff and installers. We look forward to helping you design the backsplash and flooring of your dreams.

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