A Roman Cottage on the Ocean
A Roman villa was excavated west of Yatton, Somerset, UK in 1884. It lies very close to the Yeo river, in a large meadow called Wemberham. The site lies very close to the river and the eastern end of the foundations abuts on its embankment. Actually, without a sea wall, it would be flooded at most high tides. The embankment must, therefore, have been built in the Roman times. The house itself is small, covering an area of 65 by 150 feet, but is not devoid of comfort and elegance.
One room was floored with an elaborate mosaic of foliated geometrical pattern in red, white and greyish blue.
The archaeologists originally called the mosaic a Christian one, as the central panel of foliation somewhat resembles a cross. The same feature however occurs elsewhere, and it appears to be merely ornamental.
This design is a combination of several basic designs :
- Some purely geometric
- Some curvy ones reminiscent of vegetation.
I recreated several of these designs :
The whole mosaic is composed of 4 similar quarters.
Each quarter is a combination of the above elementary designs
By rotating each quarter by 90 degrees and combining them, you recreate the whole Wemberham mosaic :
Then you can play with colors…
I actually picked one particular color palette to create a face mask and other objects inspired by this mosaic.
To find additional merchandise (Shirts, socks, phone cases, etc…) printed with this design (or others)
Feel free to use my designs for your own creations
As usual, you are welcome to use the sketches on this page. It is free ! You can also use other geometric designs available on Mosaic-Blues.com to create your own designs and merchandise.
Have fun !