Laying natural stone as or in a mosaic

A very decorative floor or wall cladding is made of natural stone, which is laid in geometric patterns such as mosaic. In addition to a creative vein, some manual and material-dependent knowledge are helpful. Good preparation is more important than traditional laying to get an attractive result.

Assembly and raw material selection

The composition of a mosaic is realized in two design types. A so-called fracture mosaic is created with more or less random joints and edges. Geometric in straight or rounded gradients, even patterns can be created to symbols.

The product selection for both variants is large and combinations can be used to implement many design images. Natural stone is available as a suitable base material in the following forms of processing and packaging:

  • single or rectangular slabs
  • single or three-cornered or polygonal cut
  • natural stone rugs applied to nets
  • borders in straight or rounded shape
  • dotted adornments such as circle , Sun, Star or Waves
  • Multi-colored component mixtures in different cutting shapes
  • Randomly broken single stones and plates with or without subsequent option

Laying patterns and cuts

Mosaics and motifs are unmanageably varied. As a technical basis and for planning, the design and designations from the tile trade should be taken as a guide. There are nine classic so-called dressing forms, which lead to patterns in the sun picture:

  • square or rectangular shapes are arranged evenly in the cross
  • even and diagonal joints create a rhombic appearance
  • half offset creates the classic masonry structure
  • offset in the quarter of the joints and Stone gradients step-shaped
  • The herringbone pattern (such as parquet) adjoins double bars at right angles to each other
  • The tracks are formed by rows of rectangles of different widths
  • The Roman picture combines rectangular single blocks of different sizes
  • Polygonal are polygons that are placed on each other as randomly as bricks
  • A laying pattern becomes wild with straight joints and random rectangles

For the placement of natural stone further laying patterns are added to the tile standards.

  • Quarrystone mosaic similar to the polygonal bandage with random arrangement
  • Trapezoidal shapes with straight or rounded roof edges
  • Round and semicircular fracture elements in different sizes
  • Possible checkerboard patterns due to color differences in all bandage shapes
Tips & TricksThe freer you design your mosaic, the more design time you need. Calculate for a broken mosaic about three hours for the mere laying of a square meter plus the pre-sorting time.
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