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Byzantine mosaic in Ravenna, Italy The art of Mosaic Men's Alpaca Taos Crew
Kaffe Fassett designs for PC
Left: detail of a Byzantine mosaic in Ravenna, Italy.
Center: a diamond mosaic designed by Kaffe Fassett for his front door surround.
Right: Men's Alpaca Taos Crew $298, inspired by geometric mosaics.
  osaic is an art form which uses   mosaics. After the Arabs conquered the eastern provinces of the Byzantine empire in the 7th century, Islamic architecture began to integrate mosaic techniques into its religious buildings and palaces.

Mosaics from many cultures have influenced textile designs worldwide, including our own knitwear. Kaffe Fassett, renowned for his extraordinary use of color and whimsy in his textiles, incorporated a mosaic in a pullover he designed for us.

“Mosaic is a medium that can utilize so much that is undervalued or thrown away in our society. The wonderful patterns created by repetition of rubbish-tip items reminds us of elegant ethnic decoration.”
                                          —Kaffe Fassett

Kaffe Fassett designs for PC More Mosaic Inspired Designs
pieces of materials placed together to create a pattern. These materials (known as tessera) can be made up of small tiles or fragments of pottery, glass, marble, pebbles, shells, mirror or china.

Mosaics were first developed during the 2nd century BC in Greek Asia Minor, and from there spread to Italy, with concentrations in Pompeii and Rome. The floors of Roman buildings were often richly decorated with mosaics.

During the Byzantine era, the art of mosaics reached its highest level of quality. Intricate mosaics depicted scenes from ancient myths, elements of sea and earth, hunting scenes, images of emperors, and especially themes from Christian religion.

Under Roman and Byzantine influence, Jewish synagogues were decorated with classical floor
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