Site Loader

Pebble Mosaic – An Ancient Art Form

Pebble mosaic is a type of mosaic work that uses natural pebbles and arranges them in a decorative or pictorial pattern. Small, flat stones were placed by the hand into the mortar to create smooth surfaces for the Greeks to walk upon. It was used in all areas of the eastern Mediterranean, in excavated floors from the 8th and 7th centuries BC mostly for pavements only and it was the earliest type of mosaic.

The first pebble mosaics were made by artists in Greece during the 5th century BC. Initially, they had rough geometric designs but as Greek artists achieved a great degree of technical proficiency, they created designs and figures with delicacy and considerable detail. There are floors with a series of black-and-white pebble mosaic depicting mythological scenes at Olynthus in northern Greece (c. 400 BC).

Mostly, pebble mosaics floors were made using dark and light pebble patterns, but a few were made in multicolour as well, such as the magnificent floors found at Pella in Macedonia from the late 4th century BC, which displays huge figures of human and animals with impressive naturalism and grace.

Until approximately the 3rd century BC, pebble mosaics persisted as the major form of mosaic decoration. Later it began to be replaced with mosaics of cut stone cubes, or tesserae. The later mosaics were enhanced with stone tesserae chosen for color intensity and with lead or terra-cotta strips for outlining of fine details.

Bringing an ancient art form to the modern world

Today, mosaic artists use the same techniques and materials to create extraordinary works of art. The possible applications of pebble mosaic are incredibly diverse. The materials used to create fine pebble mosaics are relatively inexpensive and the end results are always spectacular.

Pebble mosaics can be used to craft stepping stones, pathways, patios, walls, steps, ponds, fountains, and edging strips for lawns, etc.

The design of a pebble mosaic for your yard or garden is limited only by your imagination. Please contact Brisbane Rock Sales to find Decorative Pebbles for your mosaic project at great prices in Brisbane. You will find a huge variety of decorative pebbles in various colours and sizes so your floor is nothing less than a master piece.

Call us now at 07 3339 1546 or fill out our online form if you have any queries. One of our representatives will get back to you at earliest.

Content author: Clixpert Digital Agency

Get a Free Quote

    We Accept:

    Brisbane Rock Sales Credit Cards

    What Our Customer Says

    From the time I rang Brisbane Rock Sales to get some names for quotes to do this sandstone wall to completion, I could not have been happier with the whole process. The price came in as a reasonable amount of money after I had received quotes to get the wooden retaining wall replaced, the stones came in a lot cheaper. We couldn’t be happier with the end product and we were very impressed with the professionalism shown. Thank you for making the process less stressful and creating such a pleasing result.

    Melanie Williams

    Just letting you know I was happy with your service and quality of Sandstone also the lady who delivered the stone could not have been more helpful. My sincere thanks.

    Mark Isaac – Isaac Earthworks

    The quality of the sandstone blocks that Brisbane Rock Sales supplied for us were stunning. The blocks were built into a beautiful retaining wall at the front of our property. Thank you Brisbane Rock Sales for the friendly service and hassle free delivery of these beautiful blocks.

    Tim and Jess Campbell

    We would not hesitate to recommend Brisbane Rock Sales to anyone considering sandstone paving. Brisbane Rock Sales has always offered professional advice with a great knowledge of their product, and delivered what has been promised with a minimum of fuss, and with a product that has more than met our expectations.

    Trent Foy

    Brisbane Rock Sales supplied our full range of sandstone pavers, coping and tiles for our pool surrounds and outdoor entertaining area.  The personal and professional service we received was fantastic and the quality of the products are excellent!

    Rodney James