In Roman times, mosaics were considered to be a luxury item in wealthy households, a mark of distinction advertising the successful activities pursued by the lord of the house. The pieces on display date from the 2nd to 6th century AD, and present the polychromy of Syrian mosaics an iconography based on geometric themes developed in various shapes ranging from circles, squares and zigzag lines to plant and animal motifs.
One of the mosaics on show at the hotel exhibits an eagle, a crater vase and two deer, elements that in Roman times were seen as pagan symbols. When Christianity spread through Europe, these symbols took on the meanings given in the Eucharist, coming to represent strength and piety.
Derby Hotels Collection President