Covering over 17000 sqm, this is the largest floral inlay ground plane in the world. Part of the Abu Dhabi Mosque, it is made up of four thousand inlaid and mosaic panels produced by Budri. It is hard to appreciate the scale until you realise that those two dots just to the left of the center of the picture are, in fact, people.
The interior of the Mosque is also extraordinary and, like the court year, a testimony to the Italian tile makers art. Floral inlay work in Bianco Lasa produced by Budri cover five walls, each measuring 1200 square metres.
Budri are able to produce exceptional work like this by combining time-honoured traditions with state-of-the- art manufacturing technology.
But it all starts with painstaking craftsmanship and attention to detail. Mosaic tile making is an art perfected over generations. While there is a role for digital cutting machinery and other clever technology this is a craft exercised by the hand of the artisan.
Budri also has a dramatic impact in a secular setting. The Kaos pietra dura floor is, as they describe it, a stylistic flashback to somewhere in the ‘60s / ’70s. This is the ideal floor for Austin Powers.
A more traditional use of colored marble inlay, a technique which dates back to the times of ancient Rome. Every element of this is beautiful in its own right. I can’t be the only person who has ended up on their hands and knees to admire the natural stone which makes up a mosaic like this.
There are many other examples of craftsmanship and creativity in marble and other stone on the Budri web site. These are floors and walls which demand to be noticed