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A brilliant solution for indoor decoration

Since history began, the request for better indoor decorations induced ceramic producers to miniaturize artistic components, thus passing from functional tiles to aesthetic mosaics.

The first modern laying technique consisted in gluing the mosaic tiles face-down on a paper sheet. However, this meant that the topside was hidden during the application on the fresh plaster. In addition to this, the tiler was obliged to wait a few days till the plaster was completely dry before removing the paper support, which meant higher labour costs. Eventual misplacement of the mosaic tiles could be discovered only after removing the paper support and required additional costs for restoration.

By collaborating with the main actors of the ceramic business, many years ago Gavazzi Tessuti Tecnici managed to solve such inconveniences by producing special fiber glass meshes on which the mosaic could be back-mounted. This new technique allowed to prepare sheets of mosaics face-up for easy mounting, besides leaving the greater part of the back side free for better adhesion to the support.

The design and production of these meshes required the use of special yarns as well as special weaving and coating techniques.

The laying of the mosaic sheets mounted on the meshes offers therefore several advantages:

  • It allows a better adhesion of the mosaic to the plaster if compared to the paper netting.
  • At the end of the process the fiber glass meshes acts as a reinforcement of the adhesive, conveying more stability in time to the composition.
  • Misplacements of the mosaic are avoided.
  • No further interventions are required on site, therefore labour costs are considerably lower.

Today such a solution is universally adopted by the most prestigious manufacturers of decorations and mosaics worldwide.