Moorish Architectural Design is the largest manufacturer, factory direct supplier and a great source for quality handmade Moroccan tiles known as Zillij tile, zellige, zellij, zellidj, Moorish tile, Andalusian tile, Islamic tile. Zillij tile consists of individualy handmade, hand-glazed, hand-cut geometrical clay mosaics forming intricate geomet...
Moorish Architectural Design is the largest manufacturer, factory direct supplier and a great source for quality handmade Moroccan tiles known as Zillij tile, zellige, zellij, zellidj, Moorish tile, Andalusian tile, Islamic tile. Zillij tile consists of individualy handmade, hand-glazed, hand-cut geometrical clay mosaics forming intricate geometric patterns. Moroccan tiles are suitable for Kitchen backsplash, Kitchen floors, Bathroom, shower, murals, swimming pool waterline, patio floors, fireplace, stairs, and much more. Our Moroccan tiles are eco-friendly and we are committed to environmentally sustainable manufacturing practices.
Zillij mosaic tile also known as Zellidj, Zillij, Zellij, Zellige is an important element Moorish and Moroccan architecture and decorating. The word tile is derived from the French word tuile, which is, in turn, derived from the Latin word tegula, meaning a roof tile composed of baked clay. The process of production begins by mixing clay and water and kneeling them by hands and feet until they reach a high level of flexibility and homogeneity. Then, the mixture is cut into squares of 1 cm thickness each. The squares get dried up under the sun before they are put in a special oven for their first phase baking. The tiles are placed in different levels according to the degree of temperature required to attain a particular color. The white tile is often placed in the bottom followed by the blue, yellow, and the green on the top. The second phase starts when we remove the tiles from the oven and separate them by their colors; once we are done with this process, we start drawing the patterns of the intended design directly on tiles; this is done by ‘rasham’ followed by the cutting process which is performed by ‘naqqash’ who carefully separate the drawn pattern by a sharpened hammer. Last but not least, ‘khallas’ or finisher finishes the work by cutting the tiles’ edges assuring that they meet all requirements for production. With the help of our design team, the zillij master draws the design layout on the ground and places each furmah or piece of tile in its exact place in the overall pattern. Interestingly enough, the placement of tiles is done upside down, which makes it even more difficult to absorb.
Zillij usually used to cover walls, floors and columns of kitchens, bathrooms, fireplace, patio, courtyard, fountain,living and dining rooms and many other spaces. These spaces do not only include residences, but also restaurants, hotels, resorts, spas, swimming pool, theatres, golf country clubs, and many other commercial projects. Zillij tiles takes different motifs (geometric, floral and chiseled) in a organic and traditionaly glazed colors.