A Roman mosaic relocated in a 18th century palace.

The Royal Palace of Portici was built in the 18th century a few kilometers Southeast of Naples, Italy. It  is located right by the Roman town of Herculanum, destroyed with Pompeii in 79 AD.

When building the foundations of the palace portions of ancient Roman villas and noble residences were discovered and excavation of the area revealed numerous works of art. some of them were used to decorate the palace.

This mosaic Rosace has been incorporated in the floor of the palace and protected by a glass pathway allowing visitors to walk above it.

The mosaic rosace at Portici

This rosace is built out of 4 basic shapes : Hexagon, Squares, Lozenges and Triangles.

A circular pattern

I have recreated the circular pattern of this rosace, built of 4 elementary shapes :

  • Hexagon,
  • Squares,
  • Lozenges,
  • Equilateral Triangles
Geometric pattern of the rosace.

A square pattern derived from the circular one.

I also created a square pattern, inspired by the same rosace, which can be reproduced by translation of an geometric element.

Square pattern

This pattern can be reproduced by Horizontal and Vertical translations of a basic element :

Basic element of the square pattern


A design composed of 4 basic elements

Use these patterns for FREE

Anyone is welcome to use these patterns to incorporate them in their mosaics or other graphic art.

You can access higher definition of them through my paper at Academia.edu.

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