Mosaic Stone Now

Mosaic Stone Now

Madaba city in Jordan, has a rich culture of mosaic craftwork, largely as a result of the fine Byzantine and Umayyad examples found in its churches.
The ancient art is taught at the Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration and this has spawned many workshops in and around Madaba.

Mosaics now are an especially suitable branch of Jordan’s handicraft heritage. The country’s intriguing geology gave early artisans access to stone colors ranging from black basalt to white granite, with a dazzling variety of color in between. Madaba, home to the world’s largest collection of ancient mosaics, is the modern leader in this revived art. The study of restoring ancient mosaics has encouraged a new generation of creative artisans.

All the mosaics are handmade. The stone is cut into very small pieces, a design is drawn and the stones are individually positioned with tweezers. Once all the stones are in place, the gaps are cemented, the surface polished and it is framed. This is painstaking and highly skilled work.