Tiles, Moroccan mosaic or Zellij as it is known in Morocco which in Arabic means "Little polished stone", can be seen everywhere when you are in Marrakech. The walls, floors, pillars, tables, pools, fountains and even the streets can be covered in tiles, the Zellij is one of the major charachteristic looks of the Red City. The geometrically patterend mosaic has been used for centuries as a statement of luxury and sophistication but most importantly it is just stunning.
Production of tiles is an art that is transmitted from generation to generation.
To make tiles is an ancient tradition that derives from primitive pottery manufacture and the first real colourful tiles dates back to Egypt almost 5000 years ago. To make high quality tiles you need the best clay you can find, in Morocco the Fez region is known for this. Here you find many skilled craftsmen who make the most beautiful tiles in all different colours that is painted by hand. The production of tiles is truly a highly skilled artform!
The Ben Youssef Madrassa in Marrakech is covered with tiles from top to bottom.
And take a look at this beautiful floor at La Sultana Hotel.
Or this fountain at Bahia Palace!
And these pillars at La Mamounia!
Howabout these stairs at Palais Lamrani?
Palais Lamrani in Marrakech also boasts amazing pillars and floors covered in tiles.
And the tiles are best appreciated with good friends!
In every possible angle!
In Marrakech you are simply always surrounded by tiles!
Just look down, the tiles are everywhere!
Why not sit here for a while? A cosy corner at Villa Filali.
Everyone deserves tiles!
You can buy decorated tiles from baskets in the souk!
Howabout some coasters or house numbers!?
Or maybe you are in the market for a new fountain?
Or just a shower?
Remember, life is more fun with tiles!
See you soon!