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Tessellated Tiles – A Beauty that has withstood the Ages

By  Last updated: 15th December 2012

Tessellated Tiles  – A Beauty that has withstood the Ages

A tessellation or tiling of the plane (flat surface) is a collection of plane shapes that fit together neatly on the flat surface with no overlaps and no gaps.  In simple words a big puzzle.  Tessellations frequently appeared in the art of M. C. Escher. Tessellations are seen throughout art history, from ancient architecture to modern art.

In the Latin language, tessella means a small cubical piece of clay, stone or glass used to make mosaics.[1] The word “tessella” means “small square” (from “tessera”, square, which in its turn is from the Greek word for “four”). It corresponds with the everyday term tiling which refers to applications of tessellations, often made of glazed clay.

Tessellated tiles go back to the 12th Century, to the monasteries of England and France. Yet today throughout the world, they are all around us, in many incarnations.

Tessellated floors can be created with stone, ceramics and wood. Parquetry is also a form of tessellating. But by far the most common material in terms of Victorian and Edwardian floors is ceramic.

Patterns within any style may be placed together or separately to enhance an area of a plain floor fitting perfectly into both traditional and modern designs.

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