Why we being so attached to the Moroccan Zelig tiles in so many chirishful ways
We love Art and I love Moroccan art tile and patterns with fascinating shapes and designs, and when they are bold and vibrant.
we proud to be Moroccan born and raised between the ochre walled old city or otherwise recognized as Medina and there you cannot go without the vivid mosaic knocking at your eyes’ door in so many colors and for so many reasons
Whats is Moroccan zellige?
meaning brickwork. In Morocco zellige was traditionally used as a decorative surface in both homes and public spaces. Characterized by geometrical patterns and bright colors, zellige can be seen in a variety of public buildings around Morocco, including schools, palaces, and mosques. The production process can vary but many artisans still use traditional methods to make these colorful mosaics which are widely used as decoration on walls and roofs. Below you will find out more about the zellige production method as well as the definition and history of zellige.
History of Zellij or Zellig
If you visit Morocco the aesthetic richness in patterns and colors would be one of the first items to attract your eye. Patterns are omnipresent. They may be bright or a bit more informal. And the mix-and-match of Moroccan interior design is what makes a Moroccan hotel’s decor special.
Moroccan tile zellige was created during Morocco’s sultanate period in Fez. The technique was created in the 13th century, and dates back to Berber culture, but was used by Islamic artisans to design sacred spaces for mosques. The origin of zellij comes from arabic language, where it means small flower or beads. The material originated when Islamic artists used colored glass mosaics to imitate flowers on their ceramic tiles. Today zellij (aka zelig) has become one of Morocco’s most well-known crafts that has made its way all over the world through tourism and arts festivals.
Beauty is something that never goes out of style. Moroccan tile has been and will always be a designer’s favorite material for integrating warmth and comfort into every project. Moroccan tile is popular among the rich and wealthy, can be seen in many celebrity residences, luxury hotels, resorts, and spas in both modern and ancient times.
we think they can adjust the made in Morocco by made by Zelig as in every Moroccan home in every one of the old medinas in the imperial cities across the world you can see bits and pieces of all the patterns ever produced by Moroccan craftsmen: stairs, floors, walls, etc. Rising from light to dim, straight to twisted.
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We had to go by some tile makers and ask them how did this near godly hand craft become known by mortals I found si Houssein :
an old in gold retired maalam “ man in the Know “ of this artistic sculpture precious to Moroccan and he told us that one of the reasons for zelig to be a pain soothing medical chedeuvre
Before we start any work of Zelig we need to sing praises to all the universe while working on mural sections of the place we are working on to recharge in with good vibes because general speaking of zellig concept is anti-negativity provides both positivity and warmth you may feel
Artisans from diverse regions of Morocco have been producing zellige for more than a thousand years. In fact, according to UNESCO, There are about 100 different traditional kilns in Morocco that specialize in creating these intricate tiles. Some methods have evolved over time while others have remained nearly unchanged. But all of them involve using two layers of plaster and hundreds—sometimes thousands—of small pieces of stone, glass or ceramic tile.
The decoration of zellij tiles makes use of a wide range of materials, mostly from nature: stone, minerals, marble dust or chalk from quarries located near Meknes and Fes. The raw material must be transformed into a paste to obtain a smooth and homogeneous product. This paste must also be flexible enough to adapt to all shapes that need to be decorated on panels or on furniture. The production process lasts between 1 and 3 months depending on its size.
Where to see zellige in Morocco?
In Morocco, there are several tourist sites which you can visit to see and experience zellige. The first place that comes to mind when we mention zellige is none other than a UNESCO World Heritage Site: El Badi Palace, also known as Dar el-Makhzen. Here you can find one of Morocco’s best examples of zellij tiles – made from an intricate cut mosaic tilework – adorning many rooms in what was once a royal palace.