Alhambra sixteen pointed star Mosaic Tile
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Alhambra sixteen pointed star Mosaic Tile

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AL HAMBRA SIXTEEN POINTED STAR MOROCCAN MOSAIC TILE WITH LACES 

Description: Sixteen pointed star Moroccan mosaic.  Ceramic base handcut Moroccan mosaic. Assembled at our mosaics studio in Morocco

Size requirements: 18” or 460mm minimum required space to display full rosette.  Thickness is 5/8" or 17mm

Colors: Two colors combination from our color palette. We recommend white or beige background with another color of your choice. 

Applications:

  • Kitchen backsplash 
  • Bathroom wainscot
  • Entryways, living room walls
  • Spa, hammam and more
  • Mosaic tables, wall and floor fountains
  • Special application.  Send drawings or contact us for more info. 

Assembly: This mosaic is assembled to size based on your dimensions including trim and optional mosaic borders and fitting.  Contact us for more details.

Timeline: 6 to 8 weeks minimum depending on quantity including production and shipping timelines

Samples: You may order samples online

Returns: This beautiful tile will be made especially for you.  Therefore this sale is final and we will not accept any returns.

Questions: e-mail us at sales@mymoroccantile.com 

handmade in Morocco

This Moroccan tile is 100% Handmade by highly skilled artisans in Morocco using the same techniques used to make tile and mosaics in the infamous Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain in the 13th century. 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

Preparation of the clay of Fez used for the making of moroccan tile

 

02 Sun Drying and Molding

 

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.

clay is shaped into rectangle with wooden molds measuring of 10 cm by 20 cm or 4" by 8" to make moroccan tile in Fez

03 Forming

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.

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

 

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.

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 moroccan tile.

First finished product from production process step 1

First production step results in two product families:

  • Natural Unglazed Terracotta
  • Natural Unglazed Zellij which will be cut in ceramic and mosaic tile shapes

First production step results in two product families: Natural Unglazed Terracotta, Natural Unglazed Zellij which will be cut in ceramic and mosaic tile shapes

 


05 Glazing

Natural terracotta and Zellij are both glazed using the same old techniques of dip 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.

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.

The final glazed tiles are then cut into specific shapes from basic square tiles to more complex geometric shapes

08 Mosaics 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.

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​.


This is the last step of production where your mosaics are scheduled for shipping after cleaning, quality control and packing.


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