This is something I always wanted to do because it combines everything I love about mosaics: the materials, the technique, the design and the history.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) December 30, 2011
Atlanta-based Gnosis, makers of custom mosaics, will produce a limited edition of 10 stone mosaics, handmade with some of the finest marble materials. The limited offer price of $150,000 each will give 10 owners the opportunity to experience a historic mosaic production technique that dates back to Ancient Rome.
In a hand-crafting technique passed down over the centuries, the mosaics are shaped with hammer and anvil and then mounted on linen fabric. In this unique process, the maker shapes each piece of stone, one by one, to produce the design.
The featured design will be Gnosis’s Sousse pattern, a design that is legendary in the history of mosaics. This mosaic was first made in North Africa in the period of Roman domination in the 3rd Century AD, and it was the first stone mosaic that ever integrated black space. This contrasts with the typical treatment of African floral mosaics of the same period in which the patterns are merely outlined on a white background.
The suggested size of the mosaic will be 6 feet by 12 feet, but buyers will have the option of modifying the size as desired. The mosaics can be installed on floors, on walls, or simply framed in rough iron and showcased as a piece of art.
The limited edition stone mosaics will feature fine French and Italian marble materials, including Bianco Paonazo, Rouge Langedoc, Bardiglio Imperiale, and Giallo Sienna among others. All of the marble will be hand-selected in France and Italy.
“We are very excited about these limited edition mosaics. They will be the finest mosaics we have produced to date,” said Sandra Ghaoui, president of Gnosis. “This is something I always wanted to do because it combines everything I love about mosaics: the materials, the technique, the design and the history.”
Wondering what you get for $150,000?
The mosaics will come with European government-issued certificates attesting that the marble used is the highest quality. These certificates will come in museum-grade framing. Unless otherwise specified, the mosaics will be mounted on a custom stainless steel frame, guaranteed for 100 years. Owners will also be given a four-day, all-paid first-class trip for two to Timgad, Algeria, where they will have the opportunity to view and appreciate the original Sousse mosaic design made 1,800 years ago. Buyers will also be given two copies of hard-bound books with linen covers, which will provide detailed descriptions of how the mosaic was produced, including the selection of the marble, the design refinement, the hand-crafting process, and the heritage of the technique used. These books will be dedicated in a special edition printed exclusively for the owners.
“I hope to share with the owners my passion for mosaic art, taking them on a memorable journey through the world and history of mosaic art, and give them a piece that will be impregnated with memories” Ghaoui said. “I hope that every time they see their mosaic, they remember their experience.”
The general public will be able to follow the creation of these masterpieces through the Gnosis -Custom Mosaics- company website, where updates, interviews and videos will be posted regularly.
About Gnosis – Custom Mosaics –
Founded in 2004, Atlanta-based Gnosis, http://www.gnosis-mosaics.com, crafts custom-designed, hand-made mosaics by merging ancient crafting traditions with contemporary design. Whether clients start specifying a mosaic drawing from Gnosis’ extensive catalog of designs or commission an entirely new creation, Gnosis custom makes its mosaics to each customer’s choice of color, scale and geometry. In addition to the firm’s work for high-profile residences and luxury commercial developments, Gnosis has partnered with established architectural and interior design firms, including Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio, Harrison Design Associates, Suzanne Kasler Interiors and Grupo Diarq.