Moroccan tiles or Zillij are a universe of colors, shapes, patterns and handmade craft. From the twelfth century onward, the art of Zillij has become timeless in Morocco, an imitation of Roman mosaics. These ornamental technique is a vital decorative element in the history of Islamic art and architecture.
Historically, Zillij has been used to make an statement of luxury and sophistication, and also as an iconic expression of art.
Zillij or Zellige geometric patterns are constructed from archetypal shapes. Through the centuries, scientific studies, artistic tradition, and religious believes have transformed it, but it still preserves its handmade production method.
Each single mural is made out of handmade, hand-glazed, hand-cut geometrical clay mosaics called furmah, which when joined together give form to the puzzle. A contemplative pattern that can decorate your walls, floors, columns, pools, baths, kitchens, stairs, balconies and courtyards.
Let yourself be mesmerized by these sacred geometries which encrypt the story of a craft practiced during centuries by the artists of Fez, Morocco.
Here is a collection of Moroccan inspired backsplashes for our kitchen, mixing the best of this antique practice with some modern looks.