Mosaic tile, Moorish mosaic tiles, Mosaic tile patterns
The masters artisans "maalmeen" in old cities in Morocco are still using old techniques cutting zellij "mosaic tile", the same techniques used centuries ago. Nowadays we do still see some unbelievable zellij work in Alhamabra palace and in the whole Andalusia province - Spain & Portugal. Moorish moved for a peaceful life in north of Morocco and carried with them the entire culture which is now a moroccan life style kept for centuries.
Stunning geometric designs of moorish art lifestyle, to adorn floors and walls of moroccan courtyards, houses and palaces, create a magical surface like no other. The motifs used in the zillig are complex and abstract, and use traditional patterns which usually involve geometrical interlacing radiating from a central star. The techniques of the craftsmen are ancient, passed down from generation to generation.
For centuries, Morocco has been renowned for its fine mosaic tile craftwork. Originating in Fez, each mosaic tile is individually hand cut and combined in highly complex geometrical patterns of multi colored tiles from Fez. This painstaking time-consuming process can be performed only by the finest zellij maalmeen " Masters" in Fez who practice the Moroccan Art of intricate mosaic designs with hand-cut tiles.