Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mosaics - Those Incredible Tiny Pieces

I love mosaics and in the Middle East you can find some of the most incredible mosaics imaginable. A few years ago my son was stationed in Turkey so I spent two weeks visiting. One of the places we toured is a city called Gaziantep. To me the city is out of the way but if you want to see some incredible mosaics you will find them in the Gaziantep museum. This museum holds the world's second largest collection of mosaics from the Roman Empire. At the end of my visit my son gave me a mosaic replica of Gaziantep's most famous mosaic - the Gypsy Girl. It is one of my most treasured possessions.
Jordan also has some amazing mosaics. One of the most well-known can be found in Madaba, a city about 30 minutes outside of Amman. Located in the St. George's Church is a mosaic map of the Holy Land that dates back to the 5th/6th century. It is really hard for one to imagine that the floor of the church is completely covered with tiny hand-cut pieces of stone that are laid out to display such a work of art. Of course the walls of the church are covered with a multitude of mosaics displaying all sorts of religious scenes but nothing compares to this masterpiece.

The day we viewed the mosaics my husband and I decided to go to have drinks at a five-star hotel located near our hotel in Amman. You can only imagine how excited I was to open the door of the ladies room to discover a 6x11 mosaic rug in the powder room!! I hope you enjoy this bathroom art as much as I did.
Powder Room Mosaic


  1. Breathtakingly beautiful, Jojo. I love mosaics. I'm always tempted to try to make one out of all the broken crockery I save...but then I get too intimidated. These are just gorgeous. Again, I am so, so, jealous of your exotic vacation. Someday...
    Thanks for the recipe. I'm going to attempt the cookies over the weekend. I'll let you know how they turn out.

  2. I'd love to have a mosaic rug like that in my house! It's so beautiful.
    Your gypsy girl has incredible eyes!

  3. JoJo, thanks for you comment.
    Yhose cookies were hardening fast! I followed the trick of leaving the pan in the oven with the door open so they didn't cool too quickly. I still had to work fast!

  4. Those mosaics are stunning! I loved it when we went to Italy and saw all of the mosaics too. It made me realize how little I really know about my craft.