Moroccan Zellige Tiles
Most designers and homeowners strive to breathe in fresh new life into bathrooms and kitchens. Tiles as one of the essential items to make this happen. Due to its versatility and unique color tones, Moroccan Zellige tiles are considered one of the most popular tiles for bathrooms and kitchen projects. The tile has an endless pattern combination along with a full-spectrum of color options that make it a great option when deciding about the most appropriate tile for home projects.
What Is Moroccan Zellige Tile?
A Moroccan Zellige tile is a handmade tile made of natural clay. The tile has a wide variation of vibrant colors. However, all Zellige tiles are unique as each tile is made by hand and no two tiles are exactly alike. Moroccan Zellige tiles have vivid eye-catching colors that are perfect for kitchen and bathroom walls, showers, pools, spas, and floors.
Zellige tiles are rooted in the history of Islamic art. The tiles feature geometrically patterned mosaics mostly used as walls, ceilings, floors, tables, pools, and fountains. The Moroccan styles and patterns are found virtually everywhere in Western Europe and Northern Africa. All these styles contribute towards new color pallets with ancient Moroccan designs.
Moroccan Zellige Tile Making Process
Zia Tile, a Moroccan tile manufacturer produces Zellige tiles with skilled artisans who have spent decades producing handmade zellige. The production of Moroccan Zellige tiles was highly influenced by the Moorish art of the Spanish Azulejos. The tile production techniques were highly developed during the Zayyanid and Nasrid dynasties around the 14th century. It’s from the Moorish art that blue, yellow, and green colors were first introduced. Our range includes standard solid color zellige tiles and custom-designed shape zellige tiles.
The Moroccan zellige tiles are created using a high-quality clay from the Fes, Morocco region. The clay is soaked in water, and the each piece is cut and left to naturally dry under the Moroccan sun. Once the clay is filtered, skilled craftsmen flatten the clay into smooth square shapes. The craftsmen perform ensure that the clay is compact and does not contain air bubbles. After they shape, mold, and flatten the clay, they store the clay in a cool dry place until it is ready for the kiln.
Once the tiles are dried, they are then dipped in pigment. The Moroccan tiles are then placed inside earthen kilns to fire the glaze.
Handmade Moroccan Zellige tiles come in more than 39 intense colors with a wide range of shades and sizes. The most popular shades include: pure white, plum, tomato red, yellow, honey, graphite grey, petro pink, lake blue, carbon black, and many more.
The tiles are also cut and shaped by hand with traditional cutting tools.The standard thickness of a 4×4 and hex Moroccan Zellige tile is ⅜ inch with their bejmat measuring around 3/4 inch.
Zia Tile carries a wide range of handmade Moroccan zellige tiles, and we can custom produce endless mosaic patterns and shapes.