Custom mosaics: like tailor-made clothing

By 18 April 2019Magazine, Mosaics
custom mosaics

With the help of the latest digital technologies it’s possible to break up any kind of image into pieces and create custom mosaics that can embellish walls, floorings and decorative claddings, thus lending splendour to any room. Starting by breaking down the pictures, the tiles are assembled on specific frames before being installed on the surface that is to be cladded.

Fantini Mosaici | Marmi offers custom solutions with great flexibility and professionalism, and flanks architects and designers in order to create custom mosaics based on the customer’s specific requests. Tile after tile, it’s possible to replicate any kind of geometric motif, decorative pattern or image on floor or wall surfaces.

At the renowned Palazzo Versace Hotel & Condominium in Dubai, a carpet mosaic made with 1.5 million hand-cut tiles depicts the iconic motif found on the brand’s scarves. The same decorative motif is also recurring at the lavish Casa Casuarina, which used to be the stylist Gianni Versace’s residence in Miami and was transformed into a luxury hotel, which also includes a copy of Botticelli’s Primavera made with the mosaic technique.

Moreover, the company Fantini Mosaici | Marmi has also created fascinating decorations inspired by the calligraphy from the Quran for the majestic Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Mosque in the city of Al-Ayn, United Arab Emirates.

When the latest digital technologies and artisanal tradition meet, custom mosaics are born. The ancient mosaic art is reborn and reinterpreted in a modern way by blending innovation, artisanal tradition, digital printing and ancient manual techniques in a new decorative concept.

From the outer façade of a building to the inner cladding of an inground pool, bespoke mosaics are the ideal solution for the decoration and cladding of any type of inner and outer surface. Custom mosaics can be defined as sartorial, as they spring from the dialogue with the customers and are tailor-made to clad vertical or horizontal surfaces.

Custom made mosaics

With their decorations and the iridescent vibration that distinguishes them, custom mosaics lend motion and spaciousness to the locations that house them. Embellishing indoor or outdoor spaces with a custom-made mosaic is an increasingly widespread choice. A mosaic, whether it’s installed on the floor or the wall, lends value, sophistication and personality to any location, better than the best wallpaper could.

The mosaic has always been synonymous with wealth, value and high-end decor, and is widely used, now more than ever, not only as a mere cladding, but also and above all as a high-quality aesthetic solution to be preferred over the more common wallpaper.

How custom mosaics are made

Custom mosaics are born from a fusion of innovation, artisanal tradition, digital printing, ancient manual techniques and fine materials.

Thanks to the latest technologies it’s possible to create custom mosaics that portray any type of picture or geometric, decorative or figurative motif of your choice. This means that, when choosing the subject of the representation, you won’t necessarily have to choose it from a designated sample book or a catalogue of pictures, but rather you will be able to suggest the decorative motif you prefer and let your creativity run wild.

Custom mosaic tile pictures

You will be able to create any subject you’d like on the floorings or the walls, such as:

  • paintings by famous artists;

  • panoramas;
  • artistic drawings;
  • painting images;
  • mythological figures;
  • baroque decorations;
  • colour or black and white photographs.

The image that is to be reproduced is acquired by a specific software, which breaks it up into pieces and calculates the number of tiles needed. In order to simplify the installers’ job, the picture is represented by numbered tile modules, which are assembled on specific frames and then installed on the area that is to be cladded or decorated, kind of like the pieces of a puzzle, even on irregular, curved, concave and convex surfaces.

With the mosaic you will be able to create custom decorative panels and wall tapestries, with bright shades and high-performance materials.

Custom mosaic maintenance

The cleaning and maintenance operations for a mosaic basically depend on the material it’s made of. Here is a practical guide.

Glass mosaic

Glass mosaics can be cleansed with neutral products, stain removers or acidic products. It’s very important that the surfaces are protected with products specific for shiny surfaces that fill and protect the porosity of the glass.

Marble mosaic

Custom mosaics can consist of tiles made of marble, but also granite, quartzite or river stones. These are fine products that require care and attention. It’s advisable to protect the mosaic, especially if it is located in rooms that are affected by the formation of humidity, such as the kitchen and the bathroom. In this case, it’s advisable to protect the surfaces with professional products and to polish the tiles with a microfibre cloth dampened simply with some lukewarm water, or some gentle detergent for a deeper cleaning. Using aggressive, acidic and foaming products is not recommended, as they might make the stone matte.

Resin mosaic

Resin mosaics are resistant and high-quality, they are perfectly adaptable to the contemporary needs in terms of technology and quality, and don’t require any specific maintenance. In the absence of deep stains, it’s advisable to use a neutral detergent for the daily cleaning, to be removed with a moist cloth.

Enamel mosaic

For the cleaning of an enamel mosaic, using chemical agents is not recommended as they might damage the material. Steam cleaning is perfect for sanitising. Once you have finished the cleaning operations, dry the surfaces with a soft cloth.

Pool mosaic maintenance

Custom mosaics for pools shouldn’t require any specific maintenance, besides the ordinary cleaning.

In order to clean the mosaic cladding, first of all you need to empty the pool. After that, rub a moist cloth evenly on the tiles to remove impurities and give back shininess to the surfaces. For glass mosaic pools, it’s advisable to use gentle cleansers and to avoid alkaline detergents and hydrofluoric acid and phosphoric acid based products.

In order to preserve the stability of the mosaic cladding, it’s necessary to monitor the pH of the water. A low pH tends to facilitate the development of mildew and black algae, which might damage the grout lines between the tiles. In this case, the ordinary cleaning operations would prove to be ineffective, and it would be necessary to restore the pH level of the pool water with specific acidity or alkalinity regulators.

Contact us to evaluate a high-standing project together. The service for the creation of custom mosaics on demand gives extensive consideration to your ideas.