moroccan tiles


Today part two of my series about tiles (you can see part one here). Moroccan tiles have been used for thousands of years in Morocco, France and Spain. Each tile is traditionally handcrafted by artisans using local materials.


Tile making is considered an art in itself. The art is transmitted from generation to generation by maâlems (master craftsmen). A long training starts at childhood in order to master exceptional skills.


Moroccan tiles are well known for their beautiful patterns and colors. The Royal Design Studio make stencils inspired by Moroccan tiles (see image above).


The most current form of the zellige (=tile) is the square. Other forms are also possible in composition: the octagonal combined with a cabochon, a star, a cross, etc.


(images from Nuevo Estilo, Living Etc., The Design Studio, Lucy Patterson)

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