Zellige: Decoration with Moroccan tiles

Publicado el 22 de September de 2022

Decoration with Moroccan tiles is one of the most current trends in Europe and uses this Nasrid or Muslim inspiration as a common thread.

The Zellige is a handmade ceramic tile that is manufactured in Morocco. These tiles are characterised by their colour, shape, size and texture. A few years ago, the Zellige covered walls, fountains, pools and floors in different Moroccan places, but nowadays, this decoration seems to be making a comeback, this time, all over the world.

Moroccan tile decoration is back, but this time, it is moving away from the traditional mosaic, with designers often using a monochromatic style where only one shade of glossy glaze is used for the kitchen, bathroom and other areas of the home.

As the use of this type of materials is an interior design trend nowadays, as interior design experts we are going to explain more how to use this type of Moroccan decoration tiles in our projects.

How to use the Zellige in decoration?

Zellige is made of a very fragile type of enamel, which is why this type of Byzantine mosaic is most commonly used on walls for purely decorative purposes. To its detriment, it is less advisable to use it on floors, or in the case of doing so, not to place them in areas of continuous passage, as it can be easily damaged.

These Moroccan tiles are perfect for use in areas of the house where there are frequent vapours or humidity, such as the kitchen, although it is also very common to find them in bathrooms in a subtle way.

Although they are increasingly used in transit areas, even in living rooms to subtly highlight those parts of the house that have some contrasting elements to give more visibility to these pieces.

If you are one of those people who, if you make a change, it has to look impeccable, we recommend mixing Zelliges with cement tiles to achieve a more impressive finish.

Types of Moroccan tiles

There are different types of Moroccan tiles, which can be roughly differentiated by their colours, mosaics and surface.

Below, we talk about the types of Moroccan tiles that we can find, and the advantages that each of them offers.

Zelliges by colour

Today, Zelliges are designed in different shades, which allows for various combinations.

At the moment, designers apply this single-colour component to maintain a defined visual line. As the material is often handmade, each piece has a different thickness, as well as different types of shades, which makes for a voluminous tiling with different chromatic touches in the same range.

Moroccan tiles have a wide chromatic range where we find ochre, grey, white, green, turquoise, blue, red, etc. tones.

For example, it is common to use ochre or white colours in the living room or dining room area, providing a more uniform and warm colour, although rougher and different. The Zelliges green or turquoise blue colours are more frequent in bathrooms or kitchens, marking those areas such as the countertop or sink to contrast with some elements of the area in question.

Zelliges according to mosaic and surface

These tiles of Moroccan origin also have a wide variety of mosaics which, depending on the place where they are going to be used, will be more suitable for one area or another.

On the one hand, if you like vintage style, we recommend using tiles with floral or geometric patterns, combining them with lamps, sofas, retro style furniture and Moroccan touches.

The monochromatic ceramic style is used to a greater extent for those areas of the home that need more space, such as cloakrooms, small rooms, etc., as the monochromatic style manages to increase the capacity of the space.

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Zelliges arabesque-rustic tiles are ideal for homes that are located in very humid areas, as tiles in arabesque-rustic style are characterised by their high water absorption.

For these areas, the most commonly used tones are greys, ochres, greens and blues.

Zellige tiles are also widely used in outdoor areas such as terraces, roof terraces and gardens, as they can be exposed to sunlight and ultraviolet rays without being affected.

How Zellige maintenance is carried out

Before we talk about the maintenance of Zellige tiles, it is important to know that there are two types of Zellige depending on the material they are made of.

We find enamelled Zellige and metal Zellige. Regarding the former, it is characterised by its easy maintenance, like any other enamelled tile, while metal tiles need specific maintenance.

This is all you need to know about this type of decoration with Moroccan tiles or, as we already know, Zelliges. If you have any doubts about these tiles, want to know more about them or any other question, do not hesitate to contact us.

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