hand painted moroccan tiles
hand painted moroccan tiles
hand painted moroccan tiles
Maroc Architecture et Zellij

Hand painted Moroccan tile – 17115

Regular price $8.00 $12.50

Hand painted Moroccan tile  17115

Description: Hand painted Moroccan tile originated in Granada and Sevilla, Spain in the 13th century.  By using the same age old free style painting techniques and never use silk screen painting, we strive to maintain the hand making process, provide a living for all artisans involved in the making process of these historic hand painted tiles.  And most importantly, provide you with a unique product that is made especially for you and with a story to tell and piece of history.

Handmade with love at our Moroccan Zellij tile studio in Morocco. 

Available Sizes: 

  • 4" x 4" x 5/8" or 100mm x 100mmx15mm
  • 6" x 6" x 5/8" or 150mm x 150mmx15mm

Applications: Ideal for bathroom wainscot, kitchen backsplash.  Can also be used as a stair riser, base board, wall niche, or any other application you may desire. 

Color: Available in all our standard colors click here to view color palette for our hand painted Moroccan tiles

Samples: You may order samples online

Minimum Order: No minimum order required 

Shipping: 

  • Air freight: 5 days approx.
  • Ocean freight: 6 weeks approx. 

Production: 2 to 4 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

Hand painted Moroccan tile

 

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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