Beautiful Moroccan tiles and mosaics – A photoblog

Morocco is undoubtably a beautiful country.  From the delicious food, warm people, and stunning architecture, there is something for everyone to enjoy and appreciate.  What struck us and totally mesmerized us during our 17-day holiday were the beautiful mosaic tiles.  These ceramics, commonly called zellige, made every single place we visited a total charm.  It’s just one of the 1,001 reasons we loved Morocco.

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One of the many beautiful mosaic fountains in Fez, Morocco

This type of tile dates back to the 10th century, the zellige is a piece of historic art that originated in the old city of Fez, in Morocco and parts of Spain.  In fact, Fez is still known to produce tons of tiles and ceramic pieces that are sold all throughout Morocco and the world.  For our trendy readers, the tiles have actually made a comeback over the last few years, so feel free to decorate your whole place in intricate geometric patterns and vibrant colours.  We know we sure will when we have another home one day.

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The hypnotic patterns on the walls and floors of the mosque in Morocco

We say the tiles are mesmerizing, because the signature Moroccan look is a web of complex geometric shapes in vivid colours, placed in a geometric pattern.  They incorporate a variety shapes that join together in a mathematical fashion, often, surrounded by a very symmetric frame.  They create a hypnotic effect, almost like a kaleidoscope.  Why all these mosaic patterns?  Because according to Islamic tradition, you could not portray living things in the rules of design.  Plus, the mosaic tiles act as an beautiful backdrop for meditation and religious ceremonies.  Win-win!

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A fountain in the ablution room of the Hassan 2 Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco

Back in the day, the colours were your basic white and brown.  But today, you find mosaics, tiles and ceramics in all the colours of the rainbow.  Or actually, mainly in the colours that represent the four elements – fire, water, wind and earth, so basically, in tones of brown, white, green, saffron, blue and black being the signature hues.

Zellige is known as “the prince of tiles,” and can be viewed inside ancient tombs, palaces and temples throughout Morocco.  Still today, these patterns are regarded as a symbol of sophistication, wealth and power for royalty and religious establishments.  We sure saw a ton of it throughout the country, and can’t wait to decorate our next home in this style.

The beauty around Fes

Intricate details on a door Fez Morocco

Carvings on wall fez morocco

Yellow blue zellige Mosaic fez morocco

Star zellige mosaic fez morocco pattern

Zellige mosaic details floor fez morocco

Yamanda Fez riad mosaic details blue white morocco

Yamanda fez riad carving details patterns morocco

Yamanda fez riad lamp pattern details morocco

morocco pattern on doors mosaic

Bahia Palace, Marrakech

Marrakech morocco bahia palace mosaic ceiling

Marrakech morocco bahia palace mosaic carving ceiling

Marrakech morocco bahia palace mosaic floor

Marrakech morocco bahia palace mosaic pattern wall

Marrakech morocco bahia palace mosaic pattern

Marrakech morocco bahia palace mosaic pattern zellige

Marrakech morocco bahia palace mosaic fountain

Hassan 2 Mosque, Casablanca

Hassan 2 mosque casablanca morocco chandelier details

Hassan 2 mosque casablanca morocco mosaic patterns

Hassan 2 mosque casablanca morocco carving details patterns

Hassan 2 mosque casablanca morocco ceiling dome

Hassan 2 mosque casablanca morocco arch details

Hassan 2 mosque casablanca morocco arch hallway

Hassan 2 mosque casablanca morocco fountain

Hassan 2 mosque casablanca morocco zellige mosaic details

Hassan 2 mosque casablanca morocco ablution entrance

Hassan 2 mosque casablanca morocco ceiling details

Hassan 2 mosque casablanca morocco ablution hallway

Hassan 2 mosque casablanca morocco ablution fountains arch

Hassan 2 mosque casablanca morocco hallway

Hassan 2 mosque door sun casablanca morocco

Mosaic details hassan 2 mosque casablanca morocco

Hassan 2 mosque door casablanca morocco girl on phone


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3 thoughts on “Beautiful Moroccan tiles and mosaics – A photoblog

  1. This is design heaven! Obsessed with all of these colors and patterns. Although, I feel a bit cross-eyed after scrolling through all of the photos! Ha!

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