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Moroccan tiles, or Zellige in Arabic, is ornately intricate mosaic tilework made from individually chiseled geometric tiles.

Zellige is used to adorn walls, ceilings, fountains, floors, pools, and tables, and range across a vast spectrum of color palettes. Originating with the Moorish people who immigrated to the Iberian Peninsula, Sicily, and Malta, Zellige has been a part of traditional Islamic art and architecture since the Middle Ages. Originally Berbers of North Africa and the Sahara, these people moved across continents over the centuries, melding and evolving their culture.

This Moorish form of artistic craftsmanship flourished during the time of Hispano-Moresque, when Southern Spain and Portugal was the Al-Andalus, directly connected to the Maghreb, or Berber Northern Africa.  Today, Fez and Meknes in Morocco are the primary sources of Zellige production. The clay tiles are primarily made of Kaolinte, a mineral clay consisting mostly of silica and aluminum.

Over the centuries, the technique of fabrication evolved and began incorporating more and more colors, moving past an earthy, neutral palette. Once more colors were incorporated, it became more possible to create ad-infinitum, a pattern that appears seemingly endless in all directions. In these patterns we see elaborately embellished stars, octagons, cabochons, and crosses, and there’s not a place in the world where you wont catch a glimpse of Zellige somewhere.

Take a peek at how Moroccan tiles are incorporated into the interior decor of these structures!

Silvery Turquoise Beneath Bright Fuchsia
Silvery Turquoise Beneath Bright Fuchsia
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Zellige Immersed in Blush
Zellige Immersed in Blush
Photograph courtesy of Ideas Para
Zig-zag Star Frame Beneath Floral Mandala
Zig-zag Star Frame Beneath Floral Mandala
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Floral Star Burst
Floral Star Burst
Photograph courtesy of Flickr
Luxurious  Rouge
Luxurious Rouge
Photograph courtesy of Decoholic
Oceanic Geometry
Oceanic Geometry
Photograph courtesy of Etsy
Ad-infinitum Cabochon
Ad-infinitum Cabochon
Photograph courtesy of By Cocoon
Teal + Cobalt Infinitum
Teal + Cobalt Infinitum
Photograph courtesy of Drummonds UK
Quilted Tilework
Quilted Tilework
Photograph courtesy of Aphrochic
Zellige Courtyard
Zellige Courtyard
Photograph courtesy of Etsy
Lush Assortments
Lush Assortments
Photograph courtesy of HJ Arterum
Exquisite Zellige Star Sink
Exquisite Zellige Star Sink
Photograph courtesy of Themeta Picture
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Mandala Ad-Infinitum
Photograph courtesy of Etsy
Emerald Stairway
Emerald Stairway
Photograph courtesy of Blog Lovin
Modern Turquoise Star
Modern Turquoise Star
Photograph courtesy of My Domaine
Rainbow Stairway
Rainbow Stairway
Photograph courtesy of Mor Flora
Blanc et Noir
Blanc et Noir
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Sophisticated Bar
Sophisticated Bar
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Modern Monochrome Bathroom
Modern Monochrome Bathroom
Photograph courtesy of Maison Valentina

 

 

 

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