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History

The pebble, embedded in the paved floor of the Persepolis palace in early 3000 B.C. is accepted as the first specimen of mosaic art. Afterwards, this art is seen respectively in Gordion, Assos, Teos, Erythrai, Tarsus and Pergamon.

One of the most exquisite examples of the pebble mosaic art belonging to ancient periods was unearthed from the excavations in Olynthos, in Northern Greece, from V. Century B.C.

 

 

The IV. Century B.C. pebble mosaic ground floor in Macedonia/Pella made of colored pebbles, depicting Dionysus’s lion hunt is the example best preserved to our day.

Pebble mosaic took various colors and forms depending on the diversity of ingredients in the particular locality it was made, especially from the onset of the 18th century onwards in floral and geometric patterns. It is the only hand craft that could have survived until our day without losing anything from its value as one of the indispensable elements of the Mediterranean architecture.

The stones used in the art of pebble mosaic are all in natural forms and colors. As it was in the past 5000 years, today, they are handpicked and put together in an arrangement one-by-one.