Amadeus Mozart was a very prolific classical composer, and his work is timeless. Chapter 18 has many choices and is "classy" in nature, so installations using Chapter 18 will endure the test of time. Many of the components in this collection are comprised of micro mosaics, and music is to some degree like a mosaic, where the parts fit together to make something special. Call Chapter 18 a symphony, mixing color, texture and dimension.
The floor components consisting of the 18" x 18" polished and 9" x 18" honed sizes (yes they could be used on walls also) can be used anywhere in residences – floor and wall, including an entrance foyer, kitchens, and bathrooms. Areas such as entrances where grit can be tracked in to the home or in beach homes with much sand in close proximity, we recommend special care as polished floors can be scratched.
The 3" x 6" beveled tiles make excellent backsplash and tub surround tiles. They also can be used on floors such as bathroom floors where a smaller module will be appreciated. Additionally, they would make a striking feature wall in a commercial environment.
Lastly, the mosaics can be installed virtually anywhere you would use natural stone with some possibilities including hearth surrounds, columns, floor and wall "rug" treatment, exterior patios and other areas mentioned previously. Please view the catalog for several great ideas.
Chapter 18 has an assortment of decorative panels; particularly striking installations are possible when several components are used together. Consider utilizing the field tiles with two-toned mosaics separated by mouldings or in a picture frame format to increase the visual affects. Victorian, Classic, Retro, Rustic and Contemporary design installations are possible with this material.
Many additional decorative accents from our Chapter 15 Statuario work perfectly with Mozart's Mosaics, bringing additional color to your installation.
Mozart's Mosaics is a marble therefore normal marble installation procedures apply. With marble being a porous natural product, it requires a few recommended installation tips be followed. We highly recommended white thin set be used, as grey thin set can darken the stone colors. With respect to micro mosaics, we recommend using a non-sanded grout with white being the best choice. In the event a non-white grout is used, we recommend sealing the surface prior to grouting.
We recommend that you seal all natural stone with a high quality penetrating sealer prior to grouting and after grouting to prevent staining. We recommend using a marble polish on the polished stones to protect the luster. Also, there are stone enhancers from several manufacturers that "enhance" stone and give more dramatic results. An ongoing maintenance program is essential for all stone installations.
Please note that, like all natural materials, these marbles will have noticeable color and shade variation, so mixing tiles from all cartons on a project will ensure the best possible "blending". This is why marble makes the most dramatic installation(s). Make sure to have the designs laid out and inspected to achieve the proper blending prior to installation.
Shading... you can count on it. Being a natural material, customers must expect within one order there will be significant shade and color variations and, depending on the blocks that our stones are produced from, variation from shipment to shipment can also be expected. It is important that customers order enough material with some extra pieces maintained in their possession in case of breakage.
Jeffrey Court always attempts in our catalogs to show a representative depiction of color. Also, in our sampling efforts including Montage, we attempt to give you some range. However, it is important to know that we cannot guarantee color on actual orders. It is critical that the end user realizes natural materials have range, so picking a color based upon one sample is NOT a true representation of any natural stone selection. To be very blunt, to get a real representation per the MIA (Marble Institute of America), it takes over 1000 square feet of material to get a true picture! Unbelievable, but true.