The Mediterranean has hosted a succession of expansive cultures that dominated the region politically and culturally, only to make way for the next wave. Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Muslims, Spanish, Venetian and Ottoman Empires each left a rich legacy of architecture and decoration in stone—which is the inspiration for the new Villa d’Oro collection of stone mosaic and intarsia tiles from Walker Zanger.
Villa d’Oro brings this intersection of cultures to stone mosaic and intarsia decorations with a stunning collection of patterns influenced by these diverse Mediterranean empires, each of which assumed, and then built upon, the decorative influences of its predecessor. In Villa d’Oro decorative influences from Moorish Spain commingle with those of Imperial Rome and Gothic Venice, providing an all-new dialect to the designer’s language. Intricate Metal work, marble architectural elements, faded frescoes and antique stone inlay all provided rich inspiration for the pattern designs in Villa d’Oro.
The Design Process of Villa d’Oro
In creating Villa d’Oro, we began with historical design, stripped each design down to its essence and then rebuilt them contemporary color ways and scale, keeping in mind how people use pattern today. Below, you can see an example of this with Villa d’Oro Granada in Cafe.
Inspiration for Villa d’Oro
The Villa d’Oro Ostia Pattern was inspired by a marble intarsia floor in the ancient Roman port city of Ostia. In the design process we stripped the original pattern of superfluous detail, re-arranged some of the geometric elements and the re-colored it to create a subtle graphic effect. The resulting design is original yet familiar, and can be used seamlessly in both modern and traditional settings.
Villa d’Oro Collection Elements
Villa d’Oro is available in two finishes: polished and brushed; with corresponding field tiles – 3” x 6” tiles in a brushed finish and hand cut mosaics in a polished finish. Villa d’Oro patterns complement interiors that mix modern and traditional elements and can be used to cover entire walls and floors or as accents in back splashes or shower walls.
You can see the entire collection here. What do you think of our newest stone mosaic collection and how would you use it in your home? Feel free to let us know in the comments below and check out our Villa d’Oro Pinterest board for more insight into this beautiful collection.
Q: I am a subcontractor installing some of your Studio Moderne tiles with crackle, do you have any precautions I need to take before I grout? Also, is it possible to grout the tile with sanded CaulkRYH6?
A: Hi Tim,
The crackle glaze surface of our Studio Moderne Ceramic Tile must be sealed, as do most all crackle glazed tiles, prior to grouting. Just a light coat of sealer on the tile’s surface; don’t flood the ungrouted joints. Following the grouting process, using a cementitious grout, seal the grout with the same sealer used initially after waiting 72 hours for the grout to fully cure. Then wait an additional 72 hours for the sealer to penetrate and cure before the grouted tile installation is complete and ready for usage. Thanks for your question!