Handcrafted Zellige Tile

The word "zellige" originates from the Arabic word zillij, which translates to "little polished stone." Our Fez collection honors this historic tile making tradition—carefully crafted with the same techniques that have been used for thousands of years.

The Origins of Zellige Tile

For generations, artisans have been practicing the time-honored technique of zellige to create extraordinarily intricate, handmade tiles. The Moorish art developed between 711 and 1492 in an area known as Al-andalus, now modern-day Spain. The Moroccan city of Fez, where this collection is produced, remains the center for this ancient tile making tradition.

Zellige tiles were originally used to adorn the walls, ceilings, and floors of mosques, palaces, and other significant architectural structures, serving purposes both functional and decorative. Today, they are being integrated into more modern designs—beautifully bridging the gap between the past and the future.

An Artisan Tradition

The production of zellige tiles involves a meticulous process that has been preserved for thousands of years. The clay is carefully selected and each tile is hand-cut and shaped individually by skilled artisans. The molded tiles are then fired in kilns at extreme temperatures. The final step involves hand-glazing the tiles in enamel derived from various metal oxides, resulting in a dazzling array of brilliant colors.

Owing to the handmade nature of their production, no two tiles are ever completely alike—ensuring unique installations with dazzling variation, undulating surface textures and distinctive irregularities.

A Legacy of Craftsmanship

Zellige tiles have found widespread usage not only in historical architecture but also in contemporary design and construction projects all around the world. Their versatility, durability, and timeless beauty make them a popular choice for interior and exterior decoration in both traditional and modern settings. From intricate mosaics to decorative accents in kitchens, bathrooms, and courtyards, zellige tiles add beautiful color and character to every space.

The rich character and cultural significance of zellige tiles explains their enduring appeal. The history, craftsmanship and care behind these remarkable materials inspire designers and architects globally, and will continue to for generations to come.

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Every one of our products takes an extraordinary journey. Crafted with respect and care, they have passed through the hands of countless artisans on their way to destinations around the world. Their legacy can live on in your next project.