Our history about creating customized mosaic tile designs, begins at the beginning of the twentieth century on the island of Cyprus but, first of all, we would like to thank you.
2002 – Our very first mosaic work.
After his geological engineering studies, founder Ayhan Keser decided to create a mosaic image from the wall tiles he found in his holiday house on the island of Cyprus. His studies had brought him from huge and heavy marble blocks to smaller and lighter marble mosaics because they were easier to work with. But since it was not so easy to find such marble mosaics in Cyprus, he decided to work with wall tiles to create simple patterns.
With “zero experience” he started to break the wall tiles with the backside of an axe, which was almost impossible. The mosaic, was glued on a net and after drying on a wooden panel. The size of it is 120 Cm x 40 Cm. The mosaic is still hanging in the holiday house in Cyprus.
2003 – First Art Studio and Showroom
Officially we started at the end of 2002 and established our first company under the name, Delphina Trading / Keser – Cyprus Mosaic Studio, on the island of Cyprus in Famagusta. This name became “Art Studio Ayhan Keser” in 2007. After a while we realized that we need a small space an art studio so that potential clients who are interested in smaller mosaic sheets for their construction, can visit us. For this reason we rented an art studio that was just 18 square meters. This is also the period when we decided to invest more time and know-how in the custom made mosaic tile design business.
2004 – first products – first clients
At first, our idea was to start with simple borders and floor decor mosaics productions made of wall tiles and floor tiles, thus making a name in the marketplace. After a short marketing campaign, we managed to get orders from major tile dealers. We started to produce simple mosaic border and mosaic floor medallions.
Mosaic border and Medallion productions – 2004.
The orders that came from different tile dealers located on the island of Cyprus, after a time became more and more. These orders were mostly Mosaic Borders and Medallions that we had to custom design and create from their tile assortment.
In 2004, we produced them orders with the help of a manually operated tile cutter (Rubi brand).
Of course, there was always an intensive design phase where we first showed on drawing how the medallion of Mosaic tiles should look like. According to this drawing, the individual parts of the mosaic medallion were then cut out of the tiles.
In the end, this period helped us a lot to see and understand how different wall-floor tiles or porcelain tiles react to cutting. The handcrafting of different tiles has helped us to gain precise craftsmanship and sensitivity which plays the most important role in the production of handmade mosaic tile design products.
2005 – Process engineering – development
Ayhan Keser believed that a handmade product, should first pass some tests before being bought by a client. During this production he also always used a stop watch to see how much time was needed for certain processes in the Mosaic Tile Design production. Today, we are still on the same opinion that the quality and the production time for making the customized handmade Mosaic product, is at the forefront. He often went to construction fairs to find better tools with which to cut and reshape tiles better.
At the beginning, he has mostly done the installation of Mosaic tile design products for his clients himself to make sure that the visual quality and technical application was right. This was always a good opportunity to see how the product, which is simply handmade, reacts with different building substances e.g. with tile adhesive and grout.
Production Processes and Development:
Researching better Formable Tiles.
Designing according to convertible shapes.
Researching durable adhesives and mesh.
Researching machines for cutting tiles.
Developing mosaic cutting methods with handtools.
Researching better drying options.
Researching better packing options.
2006 – Step into architectural mosaic art world
After the production period of hundreds of custom made mosaic borders and medallion products, we have ventured into the architectural mosaic tile art design world. Knowing by now which tile is better for which cut, we started creating large murals from tile mosaics that were 1 Cm x 1 Cm.
Development never ends
For us it was and still is exciting to see the development of the mosaic tile design production. In 2005, machines that cut large tiles into very small mosaics were very expensive because they were very popular. Another problem was that our art studio was located on the turkish side of the island and for political reasons a delivery of such a machine was not possible.
In 2005, Ayhan Keser converted a simple electric marble cutter into a tile mosaic cutter. With this technique, we were able to reproduce mosaics in the size of 1 cm x 1 cm and 2 cm x 2 cm from large wall and floor tiles.
Under normal circumstances, the process would have to run on a belt conveyor, which was not the case with this machine. However, it still fit the production time because orders for artistic mosaic tile design for architectural purposes did not come in every day.
2005 – New Mosaic Sheet Products
With our new production process we were also able to create new wall and floor mosaic sheets as we could also cut mosaics like 3 cm x 1.5 cm or tiles in similar sizes.
2007 – Moving Production to Istanbul
Due to political problems on the island, it was not possible to sell the products produced by our Art Studio abroad. For this reason, in 2006 we decided to move our Mosaic tile design production to Istanbul. Here we have omitted the production of mosaic borders and medallions and have focused directly on architectural mosaic tile designs products. At our new location, we have received and successfully created approximately 150 custom mosaic tile design orders. Among these orders, Ethiopian Railway Corporation Tunnel Mosaic Project (Urban) and Burulas-Bursa Metro Stations Mosaic Project (Urban) are some of the major projects.
2007 – 2020, Main Focus: architectural wall mosaics
In this new period, we have made dozens of mosaic murals for bistro and restaurant chains, bars and dance clubs. We have eliminated the cutting of mosaics with the machine as we now had access to all kinds of mosaics as well as glass mosaics and marble mosaics. Instead, we focused much more on the visual design of custom mosaic tile design, as we now also had much more time for it.
Also large companies have often provided us with large walls, in the entrance area of their headquarters, for the application of wall mosaics.
Wall mosaic designs for Building entrances in luxury districts.
A new market to apply our mosaic tile designs were walls located at the entrances of buildings in luxury locations in Istanbul like Nisantasi, Tesvikiye, Bagdad Caddesi. These were buildings in which apartments are sold for a price of 1 – 1.5 million dollars.
No question that such buildings need a chic and outstanding entrance, which is very well possible with wall mosaic designs. We have created with different glass mosaics types, several wall mosaic orders under this context.
The order came from the interior designer who was responsible for designing a cool dance club. With this, we incorporated a new technique with which we could create large murals with wall paint or spray paint, into our Art Studio business.
The reason for including wall murals with wall paints was that some of our customers did not know that custom designed ones took a lot of time to make. The production process of this new version of Wall Mural was much faster than Mosaic tile design production time.
In this way, we also created the opportunity to work with clients whose deadline for the interior design of the building was already close.
He becomes instructor for fine arts
In these years (2007 – 2018), founder Ayhan Keser was invited as an instructor to universities and individually designed conferences about the mosaic tile design, several times as a speaker.
At present, Ayhan Keser is still an instructor of fine arts at MVHS (Munich) and at Vhs Landkreis Harburg. Here he teaches children and adults to design and create different types of visual arts.
2021 – The crowning glory
“our art studio business is growing, it’s getting so boring”.
– Ayhan keser, 2020.
Actually, our art studio business got really fast out of hand because we had to deal with all kinds of mosaic tile design and wall mural projects from all around the world, which didn’t fit our company culture at all. For many people it may sound strange that a founder complains about the growth of his company. Considering the fact that during the growth of an art studio, creativity and quality are under enormous pressure, it is not a bad decision to filter orders and focus on challenging orders.
The New Concept
In our new concept is the design and creation of mosaic tile designs and murals (stencil art) using spray paints or wall paints. In the first view our product range has not changed much but our main focus is on challenging new mosaic tile design and wall mural orders that are well suited for the sustainable architecture and interior design of today.
2022 – New Art Studio in Jesteburg, Germany
Our goal is to create customized Unique mosaic tile design and wall mural design projects for Bistros, Restaurants, Bars, Hospitals, Schools, Houses, Yachts etc. We will remain as a small art studio at our new location in Jesteburg-Germany that focuses on each piece of the client’s mosaic project. Always feel free and get in Contact about Your project.
In the last 20 years we have been commissioned two times for an Urban Mosaic tile design, which has brought new experiences to our Art Studio. The design and production of a mosaic design for an urban project is of course, in contrast to interior projects, a whole different world.
The design Process
The design in terms of both visual and technical details is extremely important in Urban mosaic tile design projects. The weather conditions, the traffic be it cars, trains or pedestrians that can cause vibrations must be well calculated to produce a sustainable mosaic project. This is actually similar to mosaic tile designs in swimming pools where the joint width and the bonding of the mosaic sheets play a major role as the water in the pool exerts a great pressure on each individual mosaic.
The right mosaic for Urban Mosaic Designs
Can any Mosaic be easily applied to an Urban project? The answer is no! There are certain approaches that help in the selection. All these issues/questions have a huge impact on the life of the Mosaic tile design that is planned for the Urban. These are questions like:
Will the Mosaic tile design project stand up under the sun?
Will the artwork be exposed to snow and rain?
Is there rail traffic nearby?
Will cars drive on it? (For flooring projects)
Will pedestrians walk on it? (For floor projects)
Will people be able to touch the artwork in general?
We are here to serve you!
But you don’t need to worry, because you are in good hands in our Art Studio as far as the technical and visual is concerned. Due to our many years of experience, we possess the answers to all these questions and we are aware of the measures that need to be taken in order to design and create a sustainable Urban Mosaic Tile design!
It is simply the great energy that a wall, decorated with mosaic tile design brings to your clients, in your bistro or restaurant. A mosaic mural created by hand from hundreds or thousands of small mosaic pieces has a completely different effect than a simple wall paint or a print hanging on the wall. It makes your clients feel valued in your bistro or restaurant, through this investment in the mosaic art form, because you, as the owner, could have painted the large wall with a simple wall paint. This is not to say that a bistro or restaurant that does not have a mosaic tile design on the walls does not value its clients.
But considering the fact, it is a sign that shows what kind of value the owner of a bistro or restaurant gives to his interior and therefore to his clients. However, it is also clear that not every interior design concept is suitable for a mosaic tile design touch, which is perfectly okay.
Branding And Mosaic Tile Design – Wall
What does branding have to do with mosaic tile design on the wall? Actually a lot! A bistro or a restaurant has 2 good possibilities to make branding without permanent investment. On the one hand the good food, the good service and of course the location. On the other hand the interior design and – or maybe the exterior design. Of course, sometimes you can find very good food and drinks in weird places, but that doesn’t change the fact that in bistros and restaurants in good locations, a lot of attention is paid to the interior and exterior design. In short, it’s about places that talk about themselves! It simply helps the client to keep the bistro in mind. Of course, we must not forget that in front of large mosaic walls are also taken good photos and then shared on social media. No client takes a photo in front of an empty wall after a delicious meal.
The bistro with the large wall mosaic
We have experienced in the last 20 years that the large (up-scale) mosaic tile designs on walls that have been installed in bistros or restaurants have been talked about a lot. Some of our executed wall mosaic projects ended up so energetic that the customers of the bistro only said: “the bistro with the big wall mosaic”, and did not even know what the bistro was actually called. In the end, the goal is achieved. Your space will be recognized by the interior design, and will also be passed on to other potential clients.
We would like to give you technical information before you hire us for a Mosaic tile design project. You can have your Mosaic Tile design, for your wall, created at your leisure, as we have experience in all directions as far as Mosaic Tile design is concerned. Nevertheless, this could be classified into 2 groups. 1- Shaped Tiles (Handmade) 2- Pixel Mosaic Tile Design (Hand placed tiles)
1- Shaped Mosaic Tiles (Handmade)
Wall decorations made of Mosaic Tile Design can have very different visual effects. This is due to the production of individual mosaics that are usually formed by pure handwork to create a whole image. These days, new alternatives keep coming on the market that can be shaped with pure manual labor and the help of a mosaic nipper. However, the fact remains that the most commonly used main component of mosaic tile design for your wall or floor is either wall tiles, floor tiles, marble or different glass mosaics.
Comparison: glass mosaic and marble mosaic
Glass mosaics could then be classified into 2 groups, namely, Stained Glass mosaics and Virteous glass mosaics. The application of marble mosaics for your project also has visual differences. For one, your Mosaic Tile Design – Wall will look rustic and matte. Unlike glass mosaics, this is a huge difference as a mosaic tile design project created from glass mosaics is more glossy and brings more contrast to the visual play. It is always eye-catching and outstanding in terms of interior color balance. The bottom line is that both materials work well with a mosaic nipper. The biggest difference is just the visual (colors, gloss).
Comparison: wall tiles and floor tiles
We often create mosaic tile designs for walls with wall tiles, as they are very easy to work with an appropriate mosaic nipper. The reason for this is usually that they are processed only once in the oven during production. In this process, floor tiles are processed 2 times in a kiln and are then just not so easy to process with a mosaic nipper. But for this such floor tiles are suitable for mosaic tile design projects that are designed with “Art Nouvau style”. Of course, you can also use wall tiles for Art Nouveau style Mosaic tile design projects.
2- Pixel Mosaic Tile Design – Wall
Nowadays, Pixel Mosaic Tile design for walls is often applied as a creating process. In such creation process no Mosaic Nipper is needed because the Mosaic tiles are simply set in mold. This can be done by hand or with robots.
what you should now about Pixel Mosaic Tile Design – Wall
Pixel Mosaic tile design for walls is nothing but a pixelated image, where the pixels are replaced with mosaics. For this reason, it is extremely important where the mosaic tile design is placed, because the human eye needs a certain distance to recognize the image. The experience of the mosaic designer comes into play here because he must know exactly whether the mosaic tile design applied to the wall is recognizable by the viewer or not. Another issue that arises during the design phase is the size of the total wall space. The mosaic designer must edit the image desired by the customer on the wall on the computer with the help of different softwares to see if the image can be implemented on the surface as a mosaic tile design. In most cases, the image requested by the customer is rejected because it cannot be implemented as a Pixel Mosaic Tile design because the area is too small and therefore the image will not be recognizable.
How Grout color affects the mosaic
Without joints, a mosaic tile design on the wall or floor, unthinkable. It is because the joint holds each mosaic from 4 sides. Good and nice to know but what effect or rather what effect has the joint color on the whole? Very enormous I would say! Imagine that the joint width, depending on the application is between 1 mm – 3 mm. This means that for a Pixel Mosaic tile design created with 1×1 Cm, continuously, at every 1 Cm, 10 percent of grout color is incorporated. In other words, a 100 cm x 100 cm pixel mosaic tile design, the eye also sees a joint area or joint color of 10 cm x 10 cm. If the wrong grout color is selected or the grout color does not match the design, the pixel mosaic tile design will lose 10 percent of its visual impact and therefore its value.
Can it be done without joints?
The answer is yes and no. A gapless mosaic tile design to be applied in an interior Wall could be created without grout. However, such a production has two points that should be taken into consideration. On the one hand, it will be difficult to clean the mosaic. On the other hand, unfortunately, there is a possibility that individual particles will break free from the mesh or the wall.
After 20 years of experience, we are pleased to inform you that we can make different designs in any size for you in our Art Studio from different. We mostly use materials such as Ceramic Tiles, Glass Mosaics, Marble Mosaics and Special Handmade Mosaic tiles.
Big looks stronger
After having created numerous wall mosaic tile design projects in different interiors and exteriors, we can only say one thing: large murals created with the mosaic art form have an enormous impact on the viewer. We have experienced that afterwards it is talked about a lot and that such a wall design also contributes to the brand.
The restaurant with The Great Mosaic Wall
We have often heard how the mosaic design has become the highlight of a restaurant or bistro and has contributed greatly to its recognition. For these reasons, it is very important to find or create exactly the right visual design, which we will then convert – create for you in our Art Studio to a Mosaic Tile Design.
1×1 meter package to 2 x 3 meter Mosaic
As an example, we can show you this Mosaic Tile Design – Wall that measures 2 meters by 3 meters and decorates the wall of a restaurant. In reality, the packaging for this large wall mosaic was just 1 meter by 1 meter and had a thickness of 50 centimeters.
You want to have your Mosaic Tile design Wall project, made of handmade mosaic tiles? Then you have come to the right place! We can’t wait to welcome you to this Handmade Tiles Section. Because with us you can not only create a Mosaic Tile design for your wall, but also the mosaics that we will apply in this project.
Free colors, Size and texture selection
It is not uncommon that our client, does not want to have his Mosaic Tile design created from Glass Mosaic or Marble Mosaics or from tiles. Sometimes the colors do not fit and sometimes the visual. In such times, as an Art Studio, we have the ability to create mosaics ourselves to apply to your Mosaic Tile Design. The size is mostly 1×1 cm, 2×2 cm. However, we are able to produce round shapes.
In 2010 we were commissioned by a yacht building company to create a Mosaic Tile design (glass mosaic) that represents the identity or symbol (seahorse) of the yacht.
The material and design
We have proposed glass mosaics for this project because this design will be applied to the wall in the master bathroom of the 27-meter-long motor yacht and for this reason lightweight material comes into question. The original seahorse pictures were sent to us by the yacht building company. Before we start to create the mosaic image, we always make a drawing for the best conversion of the image to mosaic image. On such a drawing are all kinds of notes about the colors and details that simplify the creation of the mosaic.
2 Cm x 2 cm Glass Mosaics
The glass mosaic is 4 mm thick and each has a size of 2 Cm x 2 Cm. It would also be possible to create this Mosaic Tile Design project from 1 Cm x1 Cm mosaics. Since the design is not so complex we have chosen 2 Cm x 2 Cm mosaics. Mosaics with a larger surface are used so that they find a greater opportunity to adhere to the mosaic adhesive. In this case, it must also be remembered that during the start of the yacht engine a large vibration occurs, which plays a major role in the mosaic size.
We would like to introduce you a Retro Mosaic Tile design project that we created about 10 years ago, for a living room wall in a villa in Cyprus. The end result was just beautiful! Partially shiny Mosaic Tiles, which made themselves visible from matte colored mosaics. And that in a style from the 60’s. But how does such a process go? How long did such a custom made Mosaic Tile design project take?
Planning and design
The design, i.e. the shape and colors, that was used in this project is actually one from the 60’s. We didn’t really add anything great, that was the customer’s request. We just sat down together to find the best colors that could be used in this project. It is very important to find tiles that are also well suited for the mosaic process. For this we, as Art Studio, selected the colors according to the gloss and matte and prepared for our client, a part as a demonstration model mosaic. The goal of this preliminary process is to show our clients how the final visual result will look like.
mosaic crafts skills
Each custom Mosaic Tile design project prefers different skills that played a very big role in the final result. Since such a project is made with pure handwork, it is also our main task to show our clients where there might appear visual differences during the implementation. For this reason, it is important for us to show our clients the final result that will follow through the implementation. This way we can plan changes at the very beginning.
The time needed for the design and production of such a Mosaic Tile Design (Wall) is about 0.5 m2 / day. In other words, it took us about 3 weeks to set up such a project. The application takes less time, about 1 day for gluing to the wall and 1 day for grouting.
Smooth application Process
Through our experience we have accumulated over 150 Mosaic Tile Design projects in the last 20 years, will help execute a smooth Mosaic application process. Just imagine that the large wall mosaic is divided into numbered pieces and can be easily applied to any wall by your local tiler. The end result is irreplaceable as this mosaic project has turned into a handmade piece of art on your wall.
A cool mural on the bathroom wall? Is that actually possible? The question here is rather, why should that not be possible! It’s just cool to bring together different decorative elements from art history. Especially in places in your home where it is not expected. You can already assume that your guests will be amazed in the house because a bathroom decorated in street art style is not often seen.
In this project we sat down at the table with our client and closed our eyes, as we usually do with our clients who want to add something to their house walls that didn’t exist before. It’s a great bathroom in a beautiful loft with with a large blank wall directly across from the shower. Since the shower itself was separated with a large glass wall, you were looking directly at that wall while you showered. The idea came from our client that it could be exciting to be watched by a mural. They then decided on a picture which we then transferred in color to the wall.
Street art in bathroom
Of course, street art is not meant for bathroom walls but we wanted to bring the visual effect of spray paint on the concrete wall into the interior in this case the bathroom. And in order for this mural to really look street art style visually, we used, on the already existing concrete wall, the stencil art technique.