Mosaics actually originate from Ancient Greece. They are named after the Greek word for “muse”. According to legend, such a delicate, precise skill had to be inspired by the Muses.
Romans initially used mosaics only on wall surfaces, but later discovered that mosaic floors were not damaged when walked on or by the passage of time, so they began installing them as decorative elements in their villas and palaces.
Catalonia boasts a very long-standing mosaic tradition due to the period of Roman rule. Though Catalonia has had mosaics for centuries, Modernism played a major role in the development of its mosaic tradition. A few noteworthy examples in Barcelona include Casa Batlló, the Palau de la Música, Hospital de Sant Pau, Palau Güell and some of the Eixample’s most stunning buildings, among them, Casa Burés.