The traditional design of the Moroccan Zellige Tiles and mosaic.
The Moroccan Zellige tiles have a substantial historical background; it reflects on the traditional design, furthermore, it exists almost at every Moroccan house; or an old building in the empyreal Medinas such as Fez and Marrakech.
The Moroccan Zellige tiles or the Moroccan Mosaic; are traditionally handmade by artisans and handicrafts; from perspicuous natural clay and cement, mixte with water; shapes by hand and cooked in fire kilns; with a touch of the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East region influence on the design ; it is the unique traditional design ; that makes the Moroccan Zellij tiles so charming and beautiful; the joyful colored glass and the patchy finishing in different shapes and sizes; making the Moroccan zellige always look as good as new with age; like historic pieces of art .
The reason behind these traditional design, as they say, is that; when the Moores were exiled from Spain; and they moved to Morocco, they brought with them a variety of artistic techniques, from Europe of course, including the unique way of painting ceramic tiles; that consists of complex geometrical forms ;using mathematical structures. the origin of the designs is due to the artistic limitations of Muslims; who were not allowed to depict living beings or portrays; therefore expressed themselves through geometrical forms, shapes, and Islamic star patterns.
During the Marinid dynasty in Morocco, the Moroccan Zellige became a symbol of sophistication and wealth; only the high born families and the noble who could afford this kind of de or in their houses and palaces, as a luxurious touch. after that the Moroccan zellige it was further elevated and popularized, the ornamenting walls, fountains, tables, garnished doors, floors, ceilings, everywhere, in the entire cities even in the Mosques.
The Moroccan tiles and that traditional designs became more and more wanted with time, because of the fancy flair they give to the house and their exotic joyful colors.
Moroccan Style Home Decoration
People nowadays are turning towards the Moroccan-inspired home style; to make their homes more comfortable; with a Moroccan touch, however, Moroccan traditional design; does not need extensive space, unlike many other styles. Complete with the intricate Moroccan patterns; and colorful zellige tiles on the floor, and few pieces of Moroccan furniture. The traditional designs of the Moroccan zellige tiles; give the experience of space and architecture and show the living traditions of the Islamic culture. You can use these tiles on walls, floors, anywhere in your home.
So, If you are planning to decorate your own home on the Moroccan style, using Moroccan tiles; then the Moroccan tiles are a perfect choice, not to mention that most interior designers recommend it; That is due to two prominent reasons; the first, it’s their sophisticated designs and textures patterns; and the second is those smooth colors that add to the space a subtle exotic flair. One of the most striking installations of the Moroccan zellige and tiles is; in the lounge or the living rooms on the wall; a garnished table; a fountain or whatever you desire.
If you look in the Islamic city context; you ‘re gonna find that; there is no facade, in the old medina, the houses are stuck one to another; and the streets are soo narrow, but the Islamic architecture gave its attention to the courtyard; and that is why; we find the courtyards to be the most significant part in the house; well decorated with zellige and gypsum ; and carved wood doors; and with a hole in the ceiling; for the sunlight and a water fountains in the center .
It is known that North African countries are more of a hot climate; most of the year; so that is why; in Moroccan tiles; we see the blue, and the green and yellow colors; used excessively. so in days when its burning hot, it would be an excellent, yet comforting thing to see those colors; that remind us of nature and running waters.