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Zellige Tiles

Bookmarked Zellige tiles: their history and how to decorate with them by Thomas Barrie (House and Garden)

Zellige (pronounced zell-idge) is a type of tiling that originated in Morocco, in which handcrafted tiles were made from a special blend of local clay and then glazed and fired, resulting in a surface with various irregularities that give each tile a unique look.


For the best examples of Zellige, the Alhambra in Granada can’t be beaten; nor can the madrasas – the Islamic schools – of Fes and Meknes in Morocco.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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