Inspired by the stained glass windows of Gothic cathedrals, Karma mosaic recreates their elegant colours and illuminating effect with remarkable integrity. A slight unevenness of colour is a peculiarity of this product, giving rise to a pleasingly irregular, flame effect, which will enhance kitchen splashbacks, bathroom walls, feature panels, even floors.
A glimpse at the production process helps explain why Karma is such an exceptional mosaic. In contrast to back-painted glass tiles where a layer of pigment is fused to the reverse, Karma tiles are ‘through body’ coloured, in which pigments are mixed with molten glass, enabling pigmentation to permeate throughout the body of the tile, resisting colour fade and abrasion.
On the regular range, a metallic epoxy coating is bonded to the back of the tile, acting as a reflective element that does not peel over time. Whilst for the Karma Mirage range, a 24 carat gold film is applied to the reverse, projecting through the richness and elegance of pure yellow or white gold.
Both Karma and Karma Mirage mosaic materials are first formed by hand into large glass sheets, the folding and tempering process creating deep lines within the body of the glass that are part of its inherent aesthetics. After an annealing stage to remove internal stresses, the sheets are formed into individual tiles by expert glass cutters, with no two pieces exactly the same, and hand-cutting methods enable a wide choice of formats, all 4mm thick.
Karma is predominantly a wall coating finish, although the 2cm x 2cm format in particular is suited to low-medium traffic flooring applications. Because glass is non-permeable, it is perfect for surfaces that need to resist moisture, mould and mildew, so performs well in kitchens, bathrooms and showers. It is frost proof, as well as being heat, fire, UV and chemical resistant and fully ASTM certificated.
Adding further to its decorative credentials, Karma is amongst our most eco-friendly mosaic, being made from up to 75% recycled glass. Turning post-industrial and post-consumer recovered glass into high quality glass mosaic saves natural resources, reduces manufacturing energy consumption, minimises plant emissions and creates less water pollution, as well as cutting the amount of waste glass going to landfill. So Karma, Karma, Karma is a bit of an hit all-round.