Period Mosaic Tiling

To someone who hasn’t studied or is unaware of the Classical Mosaic tiling period, they may not realise that many of the characteristics, iconography and designs of mosaic and geometric floors of the mid to late 19th and 20th century are taken from Classical mosaic floors, laid down two thousand years prior to their conception.

Using many of the same production and installation techniques and generally serving the same functions, practically, socially and culturally of that period.

Mosaic Floor designs of mid to late 19th and early 20th Century take their inspiration and influence from classical mosaics, many of the potteries design houses would copy the different individual and interlocking sections, common geometric patterns and borders of Classical Mosaic. Such inspiration as: Running Dogs (Wavebands) Swastikas, Greek Keys, Guilloches, Friezes, Medallions, Vines, Wreaths, Meanders, Plant stems, spandrels, leafs and flowers.

These Classical Motifs were also commonly used and made in the form of Inlay tiles, or to use their more popular, Victorian name, encaustic tiles. They became very popular and were heavily manufactured during the mid to late 19th and early 20th century. And were used to enhance the designs and patterns of geometric tiled floors, because of the many possible design and colour variations.

Although the Inlay technique had been used in medieval times, for ecclesiastical and church buildings. This was the first time these tiles had been manufactured to an industrial scale for domestic properties using this technique.

Two of the largest manufacturers of Inlay and geometric tiles and also the most renowned and prominent Victorian Potteries were Minton’s and Maw’s and Co.

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