Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Zellij tile

Moroccan Zellij Tile  
 Moroccan tile - or zellij - is one of my favorite materials to use in kitchens and baths.  In our last house we did our backsplash in the border above with a similar field tile to the amber 2x2 shown below.  At Tierra Del Lagarto we import these direct from Casablanca from Ait Manos - a company that uses centuries old techniques to create beautiful new tile in a rich assortment of colors. 

When using even a simple solid color field one gets a lovely difference in tone as each tile varies slightly from the next. 

Color assortment one can pop into any of the dozens of available pattern templates

Some of their newer field tiles are a bit more modern - here is one, a nod to the trend driven yearning for chevron everything.

I am still a sucker for the traditional motifs like below - but I can see that fun ol' zig zag in one of our upstairs bathrooms.

The borders below are two of my new favorites - fun for fountain interiors or wainscoting rails.  


The bottom shots are of our bathrooms here at Tierra Del Lagarto using the Fez border in the warm tones- the same we had in our master bath at the old house - and the Palma border in blue, green and ochre.  The combinations of patterns and colors are countless - and so much fun to imagine -- I am dying to get some for the new house - just trying to figure out where it will all go. 

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