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Various Forms of Tiles that Can Adorn Homes

By Alana Geikie Subscribe to RSS | April 14th 2012 | Views:
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Picking suitable materials to complement the architectural design of a structure is important, and this certainly is true when choosing tiles for your residence. Materials such as porcelain, fired clay, glass, ceramic metal, cork, and stone are eventually integrated into tiles that took the place of baked clay bricks as roofing materials. These days, they've turned out to be an embodiment for contemporary application on nearly any part of the house: from floors, walls, shower areas, and even tabletops.

Decorative tile works are distinct from mosaic. Decorative tile works are made of intricately positioned tiles that consist of forms and geometric patterns. Ancient samples of these are the tiles at the Ishtar gate in Babylon where they integrated bas relief of aurochs with lapis lazuli tiles.

Mosaics, on the other hand, are pieces of colored tiles, glass, stone, or other materials that are laid out in such a way that they collectively form an image. Tiny pieces of roughly cut cubic glass, stone, or other materials referred to as tesserae are used to produce a pattern or image. Throughout the ancient times, especially the Byzantine era where Christianity has propagated, people utilized mosaics to beautify important structures, mainly churches. They ornamented walls upon walls with mosaics picturing God and the lives of their venerated saints. One example of mosaic is the Christ Pantocrator from Hagia Sophia located in Turkey.

At present, the same tiling methods continue to be utilized, though there are technological advancements that brought forth the efficiency of producing and installing these decorative materials to homes and other structures. Tile mosaic mesh is simple to install thanks to its mesh underside that can be easily fitted to the wall by cement or grout; it's excellent for bathroom walls or kitchen backsplash. Some of them are created out of Spanish marble, glass, or ceramic tiles.

Stone mosaic tiles are tiles that may be created from real stone or may be synthetically made to resemble it. They can be installed in almost any space, in either interior or exterior parts of the property, to lend an earthy feel and appeal. They can also be made out of stone cutouts or shaves.

Spaces that call for a clean and crisp tile treatment might call for designs that utilize a white hexagon tile, but they can be prone to dirt and might need more maintenance than any colored tiles. These tiles are offered as earthenware, polished, stonewear, or even glazed. For more info concerning different tiles and tile treatments, you can visit squidoo.com/faf-tile or wisegeek.com/what-are-the-different-types-of-floor-tiles.htm.

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