Description: Hand cut and assembled Alhambra Basket weave mosaic
History: Mosaic preserved in Fez and originally present in Alhambra's Court of the Myrtles in Spanish Patio de los Arrayanes which is part of the palace of the Alhambra. It is located west of the Patio of the Lions and the Baths.
Applications: Wall wainscot, wall niches, accent walls, floor inserts, tables or fountains. Use alone or combine with one of our mosaic borders. Very well suited for wet areas floors and walls.
Sizes: Assembled to size and ships in smaller interlocking sections. Thickness is 5/8".
Price: Per square foot
Color: As Shown or, custom colors
Available in all our standard colors click here to view color palette
Samples: You may order samples online now
Minimum Order: 10 square feet minimum order required
Timeline: 4 to 6 weeks depending on quantity
Returns: This product will be made especially for you. Once order has been place, we cannot accept returns, refunds or exchanges
This product is 100% handmade in Morocco
When you order Moroccan tiles, it is always custom made for you.
Understanding the basics of Zellij production process will help you plan ahead of time and will make you appreciate more your product knowing what it takes to make it for you.
- Tile is handmade in Morocco with a production timeline between 2 to 8 weeks depending on the nature of the mosaics, season of the year, production log, etc
- Samples’ approval process easily takes people an average of 2 to 3 weeks unless it’s all virtual with photos.
- Ocean freight is the most economical solution, however it does take an average of 4 to 8 weeks approx. and it works best for clients who order in advance.
- Express air shipping is the best available option for air shipping currently. It is door to door with a timeline of 5 to 7 days.
01 - Preparation of the clay
||Once collected from the quarries of Fez, the clay is mixed in large basins and let sit for at least 48 hours until a homogeneous paste is formed.|
02 - Sun drying and shaping
|The clay is shaped into rectangle with wooden molds measuring of 10 cm by 20 cm or 4" by 8". These bricks of clay are then dried in the hot sun for a few days.|
03 - Molding
Once sundried, the rough clay bricks are manually cut in two distinct shapes, 5 cm by 15 cm or 2" by 6 " for the terracotta family and 10 cm by 10 com or 4" by 4" for the zellij family. The later is the base for all our handcut ceramic and mosaic tiles.
04 - Baking
The shaped and formed clay is sundried for a second time in the shade, then baked firstly at low temperature. Once the moisture is completely out, the kiln is fired at high temperature to bake the tile. This process takes a few weeks.
First production step results in two product families:
05 - Glazing
Natural terracotta and Zellij are both glazed using the same old techniques of dip glazing.
06 - Baking (again!)
After the glaze has been applied, the tiles are stacked like a deck of cards inside our traditional beehive kiln for a second baking.
07 - Manual cutting
The final glazed tiles are then cut into specific shapes from basic square tiles to more complex geometric shapes.
08 - Mosaic assembly
This is the last step of production where your mosaics are assembled in either interlocking units or custom fitted based on client’s choice.
09 - Shipping
This is the last step of production where your mosaics are scheduled for shipping after cleaning, quality control and packing.