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Tile Mosaic Panel
Tile Mosaic Panel, 16th century
Iranian or Persian
Pottery, glazed
42 inches × 10 feet 6 inches (106.7 × 320 cm)
Purchased with Museum funds, 1931
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About Persian Tile Mosaics

This tile mosaic is from Persia (present-day Iran) and is over four hundred years old. Mosaic is a technique of creating patterns and images using tiles or broken pieces of stone, glass, or wood materials. Tiles like the ones on this panel covered the interiors and exteriors of buildings—imagine seeing a whole building covered in tiles! Artists used geometric shapes and flowers to make their tile mosaics look like beautiful gardens.

Make Your Own Mosaic

  • Paper tiles: blue, white, and yellow construction paper cut into small squares
  • Glue or glue stick
  • White paper
  • Markers

  • Arrange your tiles into a pattern.
  • When you’re happy with your arrangement, glue the tiles to a sheet of white paper.
  • With a separate sheet of white paper, cut out flower shapes.
  • Use markers to make the flowers bright and colorful.
  • Glue the flowers on top of the tiles.

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