Moroccan tiles are a beautiful way to add a unique touch to your design scheme. Offering a lusciously handmade quality to a space, they can be used to create a wide variety of design styles, from traditional geometrics to more modern arabesque designs.
The art of Moroccan tile making has been handed down through generations in Morocco (North Africa) from as early as the 10th century. The earliest Moroccan tiles were inspired by Roman and Byzantine mosaics, with stylised geometric patterns becoming a staple of Moorish architecture.
Traditional Moroccan Zellige (zellij in Arabic) tiles are made from a very specific clay found in the Fez region of Morocco. The clay is kneaded and molded by hand, then pre-dried in the sun to flatten out the shape and remove air bubbles. The tiles are then glazed and baked in a wood fire kiln. The baking process causes variations in the depth of colour, adding a further element of charm to these exquisite tiles.
Orientbell’s Moroccan Tile Collection is created by master Zellij artisans, using centuries of wisdom, experience and skill. These skilled artists produce a diverse range of Moroccan tiles that offer a broad spectrum of colours, shapes and designs to suit every style. The glazed tiles show a strong depth of colour, with each one being slightly different for a truly handmade finish. These tiles are available in both a matt and gloss finish, allowing for a wide array of colour options to complement your design scheme.
A range of unglazed terracotta tile options are also available for those looking for the true artisanal touch, with these tiles having a natural and rustic finish. These tiles are a great choice for those who want to use their kitchen splashback as an opportunity to make a real statement in their home, with their earthy hues offering a warm and welcoming feel.
Unglazed terracotta tiles require regular cleaning, as they are not water resistant like their glazed counterparts. Regularly wipe down with a mild cleanser to keep your kitchen tile surface looking its best.
When deciding to use these stunning Moroccan tiles in your project, it is important to consider the type of grout that you are going to be installing alongside them. Using a cement based grout will require the use of an appropriate sealant to ensure the longevity of your grouting, and to ensure it is kept in good condition.
For a low maintenance alternative to these beautiful natural terracotta tiles, consider our Dolce Porcelain Tile collection, which is inspired by the shapes and patterns of Moroccan tiles, but uses a high-quality porcelain material. This is a non-porous tile that does not need sealing, and offers an easy to clean alternative for your project.