Something that we love to see and capture while out and about are highly detailed and complex flooring patterns. Specifically, marble inlay floors. We don't catch glimpses of them as often as we'd like. Inlay floors, no matter the material, have become a lost art form. That hasn't always been the case. The inlay technique, also known as pietra dura, uses different colored stones cut precisely to size and seamlessly knotched together to create an image or pattern. One of the most commonly used natural stones was marble but at times the ancient Greeks and Romans would include semiprecious and precious stones to their palaces, temples and monuments, making them shine in the sun. These intricate mosaic floors were typically reserved for the very wealthy. As time went on (like a lot of time) the production of building materials was revolutionized and fabrication became much cheaper and quicker. We imagine this is why the traditional art of inlay floors is about obsolete. We image there are still a few craftsmen out there somewhere producing jaw-dropping floors but we bet the client base hasn't changed much. We'd be hard pressed to find a client with enough disposable income to pay for the tedious labor costs to have a one of a kind inlay marble floor.
Luckily, you don't have to be in the 1% to travel and experience the beauty that we've just talked about. We've been photographing our fancy feet in stunning settings for a while now.
The tiles below are created using a water jet saw, this allows the mass market to have access to beautiful floors that resemble those from the past. These two patterns are just a couple of our favorites. We love the idea of using these tiles in a dramatic foyer!