The beauty of glass tile is that it is available in so many forms. From contemporary to classic, there are a myriad of styles to fit any décor. The glass mosaic is perfect for a contemporary look, offering a durable and wipable vitreous surface that glimmers in the light and conveys a rich sumptuous look. The glass mosaics are perfectly applied to kitchens, bathrooms, swimming pools and lobbies for residential and commercial uses.
Homeewas first established in Hong Kong since March 1998, and in the following years we have grown rapidly to become one of the most respected glass mosaic tile manufacturers and exporters in China. During the course of our 7 years history, we have laid a solid foundation on quality manufacturing facilities. While our headquarter remains in Hong Kong, our sales offices and world-class production facilities spread across Mainland China.Our plants in Foshan are equipped with the state-of-the-art production machinery in the industry together with a large number of experienced workers.
Today, Homee specializes in producing glass mosaic tiles for home and commercial use. We aim to improve people's living environment by manufacturing a series of innovative, stylish, artistic, tasteful mosaic tiles. They currently include:
Crystal mosaic (fused glass mosaic tile)
Glass tile (fused glass tile)
Ice cube series
Gold line series
Our mission is to serve as the preferred source for providing reliable decorative materials of the highest quality to industries around the world. We will continue to meet the increased global demands of the building and decorative materials industries by:
- Manufacturing quality mosaic tiles at reasonable costs
- Providing customer-focused services
- Offering innovative product designs and solutions-oriented manufacturing processes
We are committed to our mission and will continue to serve our customers' needs by improving the quality and expanding the range of our products to better satisfy and meet the future demands of building and decorating internationally.
To be the leader in the building and decorative materials industry with global reach and popularity.
If you'd like to add a luminous glow to your bathroom or kitchen-and now even your floor-turn to glass tiles.
Available in a host of colors and a variety of patterns and sizes, the tile is limited only by your imagination . . . OK, and by your pocketbook. The stuff isn't cheap: Prices range from $9.40 a square foot up to $500 a square foot for gold and white gold at The Great Indoors, says sales associate Dallas Strankman.
But glass tile is amazingly versatile. It can be cut with a tile saw and crafted to provide a contemporary, elegant or even whimsical touch to a home's decor. It's available in mosaic sizes from a tiny 1-inch square all the way up to 16-by-16 for floors. Some homeowners use the tile as a colorful backsplash behind a sink or stove in kitchens. Others prefer it on a tub or shower surround, or as an accent with porcelain or ceramic tile on a bathroom countertop or backsplash.
Don't Be Square!
The art of mosaic tile design adds unusual highlights to your house
Sometime between 13,000 and 15,000 B.C., in what is now southwestern France, primitive man chose cave walls on which to paint depictions of various hunting scenes and the large animals that were their quarry. The complex of caves is known as Lascaux and the Upper Paleolithic paintings are some of the earliest known forms of human artistic expression.
In the ancient world, some 4,000 years ago, artists began to push terracotta cones point-first into a background to give decoration. By the eighth century B.C., there were pebble pavements, using different colored stones to create patterns. But it was the ancient Greeks who raised the pebble technique to an art form, with precise geometric patterns and detailed scenes of people and animals.
In an effort to create living spaces that were beautiful and durable, ceramic and glass mosaics were used across the ancient world for domestic interior decoration. The expansion of the Roman Empire took mosaics further afield and with the rise of the Byzantine Empire the art form took on new characteristics.
These included Eastern influences in style and the use of special tesserae (the small squares of stone or glass used in making mosaic patterns). Mosaics turn up in Macedonia, Spain, Italy, England, Netherlands, and Germany. Mosaic, as a medium of art, has embodied the most meaningful iconography in a culture’s most important settings, and used it as decorative art or as an aspect of interior decoration.
Today, mosaic tiles (aside from murals, crafts, and a medium of fine art) are principally used as elements of interior design to highlight or accent aspects of the home. Robin Cramer, an interior designer who designs tile for kitchens and baths at Mees Tile and Marble here in Louisville, says that mosaic tiles are mostly used as accents because they can be expensive.
Prefabricated glass mosaic can cost as much as $26 per square foot. The tumbled stone can cost as much as $20 per square foot,” she says. Some companies only manufacture mosaic borders and medallions.
The prefabricated mosaic tiles are packaged in 12 in. x 12 in. sheets with the tiles attached to a mesh backing. The sheets are then applied to a wall that has been coated with a layer of mastic (an adhesive) or applied to a floor using Thinset. The tiles are then grouted to set firm.
Mosaics have really gained popularity. Mosaic tiles, especially the tumbled stone, can give you an oldworld or Tuscan look that people seem to really like now,” says Cramer. She has designed hundreds of mosaic projects including one in this year’s Homearama. In a house completed by Chenoweth Construction, she designed the tile placement for a lower-level kitchen counter top, a medallion for the lower-level landing, mosaic tile stair risers, and an intricate “rug” pattern in front of the whirlpool tub in the master bath. If you’re thinking this form of art is best left to artists, artisans, and professional tile setters, you might want to think again.
Designing and installing mosaic tiles for the creative do-ityourselfer is easy, cost-saving, and a great outlet for artistic expression. This tumbled stone floor medallion by Joyce Woods of Interior Creations and Robin Cramer lends an old-world feeling to this house built by Chenoweth Construction.
We get a lot of people coming in to the store looking for broken tile or discontinued tiles for home projects,” says Cramer.
If you want to try your own hand at mosaic tile art, Mees Tile and Marble offers these mosaic making how-to tips for do-it-yourselfers: Sketch out general designs on paper first and then transfer them with a marker to your background medium— Wonderboard is a good product that doesn’t warp. Basic geometric shapes such as circles, squares, and rectangles work best in an overall pattern. Although they will look different in the larger mosaics, they are a good basis for a design. Take a hammer to your tiles. That’s right. Use a hammer to break tiles into pieces to create the centuries-old look of mosaic.
The character of the pieces is random — part of the fun of mosaics is that you never know what you’re going to get when you bring a hammer to a tile. There are different shapes, sizes, and different elements of broken tile every time, so each piece is distinctive. Make decisions about the colors, textures, and surface designs of the broken tiles. Lay out each piece that could possibly fit on the board so that you can see the design clearly and make any changes before gluing all the pieces down with ready-mix cement or tile adhesive. Go back and fit in smaller pieces wherever possible until the surface space is almost entirely covered. Spread on grout with a rubber spatula as if frosting a cake, filling in between the tiles. The grout, which can be any color, is either bought pre-mixed or mixed with a powdered pigment or combination of pigments to get a desired color. Since the grout covers a good deal of the surface, its color is as important to the overall design as the tile colors. Remove grout from top surfaces of the tiles and polish with terry cloth.
Most importantly, let your creative muse take wing. Make various sketches of your ideas and don’t be afraid to try to execute them. The shapes, sizes, patterns, and colors of mosaic allow you to express almost any artistic vision into a wondrous work of art that will enhance your home and ennoble your spirit.
Last modified: Oct 30, 2005 at 20:01:59 PST