The beauty and uniqueness of art glass tiles has a long and storied history. Artisans in Greece, Persia, and India began experimenting with glass tiles as early as the 3rd Century BC. The process was a laborious one, as the artisans struggled to find a suitable way to melt the glass for shaping and anneal, or cool, the glass to prevent cracking. Tesserae, which are small art glass tiles, were perfected in Greece and grew in popularity as they were employed to make mosaics.
Art glass tiles evolved remained popular for a number of centuries, most notably in the Byzantine Empire, where a new type of art glass tile, called Smalti tile, was developed. Smalti was made by mixing glass with metal oxides to create colorful, decorative tiles. Mosaics made from Smalti became the one of most popular forms of artistic expression during the Byzantine era, and many of the pieces from that time can see be seen in museums, churches, and, perhaps most famously, adorning the walls and ceilings of the Hagia Sophia, a former Greek Orthodox basilica in Instanbul, Turkey.
In recent times, the intricate and colorful style of art glass tiles has been embraced by artists and consumers alike. The 1920s saw a revival of the use of art glass tiles during the Art Nouveau movement. Today, thanks to technological breakthroughs allowing for more intricate and longer lasting designs, art glass tiles have had resurgence in popularity. Given their water-resistant nature and bold colors, art glass tiles have recently been used in most modern interior design, commonly used in bathrooms, spas, and kitchens. Take a look at the selection of art glass tiles at AmusinGlass.com to bring a piece of this rich history to your home today!
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