Moroccan Zellige - Unique Tilework from Fes


Moroccan Zellige (also known as zillij or zellij)

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Moroccan Zellige, also known as zillij or zellij, is a type of traditional tilework that is made from small pieces of glazed earthenware. It is a popular form of decorative art in Morocco and is used in a variety of architectural settings, including palaces, mosques, and private homes.

The origins of Zellige can be traced back to the 8th century in the Islamic world, it was "born" in the city of Fes and then spread to the actual Spain and Portugal by the Moors (old name of Moroccans) during their invasions of the Iberian Peninsula. But the technique got developed and perfected over the centuries by Moroccan craftsmen since then.

Here is when the metropolitain museum of New York brought craftsmen all the way from Morocco to build the Moroccan Court yard:

One of the unique characteristics of Zellige is that it is made by hand, using small pieces of clay that are shaped, glazed, and then fired in a kiln. The pieces are then arranged in intricate geometric patterns to create a colorful and striking mosaic effect. The colors used in Zellige are typically bright and vibrant, and they are often arranged in contrasting patterns to create a striking visual effect.

Zellige is used in a wide range of architectural settings, from grand palaces and mosques to more humble homes. It is often used as a decorative element on walls, floors, and fountains, and it is also used to create intricate patterns on the facades of buildings. The most famous examples of Zellige can be found in the city of Fes, which has been a center of the Zellige craft for centuries.

Today, Zellige is still made using traditional techniques, and it remains an important part of Moroccan culture. It is a popular souvenir for tourists visiting the country, and it is also exported to other countries around the world.

In summary, Moroccan Zellige is an ancient and traditional form of tilework that is made by hand using small pieces of glazed earthenware. It is known for its vibrant colors, intricate patterns and its use in a wide range of architectural settings. It is a cultural heritage that is still being practiced and appreciated today.

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