Here is an article that stimulates all sorts of mosaic ideas, Katami Stone Mosaics. WOW! I really enjoyed this information and I think you will too.
Ceramic and stone mosaic tile has been a popular treatment for floors and walls for over a century. Small square mosaic tile has been used for kitchen back splashes and bathroom floors in brownstone apartments in New York City and beach homes in LA. Interior designers have taken this popular form and asked for newer looks and applications. Industry leaders responded to the demand and now offer many new looks and styles. One of the most popular is Katami Stone Mosaics. This new approach to mosaic tiles is creating exciting new looks for some of today’s trend setting homes.
Katami Mosaics have a compelling modern feel that is unlike any other tile.This technique is used with natural stone including marble, travertine, and limestone. Quality stone is first selected and then hand cut into thin stalks. These thin slices are again cut a second time into random lengths and sorted by color and shade. The stone ‘dashes’ are then carefully set by hand by skilled artisans on to a transparent sheet of adhesive material. Once the stones are cut, sorted, and arranged on the transparent sheets, installation is simple and results in a sleek, contemporary look.
The katami mosaic is especially suited for vertical surfaces and spaces that need an infusion of energy and movement seamlessly worked into the décor. A wall of this contemporary mosaic stone tile can unite areas and upgrade traditional styles and treatments. Since the katami technique uses natural material, there is an eco-friendly feeling that is created regardless of the color palette you choose. It works like herbs and spices; it adds extra flavor to both classic and modern interiors. Katami tiles are available with a polished finish or a tumbled surface treatment for a slightly weathered, antique look.
This new mosaic variation has a cosmopolitan style that you might find in a NYC loft highlighting an interior wall or as a mosaic tile backslash in a modern kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances. Designers are experimenting with this new material in entrance ways, above fireplaces, and as accent walls. The active pattern and fresh styling is making Katami mosaic a favorite for many interior designers and contractors. You can find it in a wide variety of colors, materials, and pattern variations.
One more thought. Although some mass produced tiles have been attempted, they don’t come close to the real thing. Try to avoid cheap imitations; look for authentic Katami stone mosaics handmade from natural stone. The handcrafted artistry makes this authentic mosaic something special.
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