• Tiles - Zillij Tile Design

  • About Zillij Mosaics

    Custom zillij tile, plaster, and brass fixtures for private residence in Westport, CT

    Zillij tile is a visual language. The vocabulary of zillij tile is composed of shapes, patterns and colors. Morocco has some of the last traditional workshops devoted to the preservation and production of zillij, also know as zellige, zillige, zellij, zelige,  the living craft of hand-cut glazed mosaic tile that was developed in Andalusia in the twelfth century. We have gathered this collection of designs from the zillij tile workshops of Fez and Marrakech. We represent Moroccan artisans who continue to evolve and innovate within this distinctive tradition. Zillij tile patterns combine elements of the mathematical, artistic, spiritual and cosmological. This abstract geometrical craft is a vital decorative element in the history of Islamic art and architecture. Zillij tile can be used to adorn walls, floors, stairs, columns, pools and baths, balconies, interior courtyards and garden pathways. Our custom-made zillij tile tables, fireplaces and fountains are contemplative objects of beauty for architectural spaces.
     

    Traditional zillij tile designs are available in repeat patterns of single shapes and elaborate rosettes that evoke hypnotic meditations. In addition to the selected designs in our collection, we will produce any traditional zillij tile design by special order. Each project is unique and our workshops produce this traditional craft at affordable prices for commissioned custom design projects.

    Zillij fountain in Elle Decor
    ORDERING INFORMATION

    INDIVIDUAL TILES: Each piece of zillij tile is hand-cut with a chisel. Zillij tile may be ordered as individual tile pieces and installed as a mosaic on-site by a professional tile installer.
     

    TILE PANELS: Zillij tile may also be ordered as a panel in sizes made to suit the specifications of your project. The individual mosaic tiles are hand-cut with a chisel and then assembled face down to fit together like a puzzle, concrete or resin is poured over the back and left to harden into a durable easy to install slab.
     

    PANEL SIZES:

    resin slabs : 1/2 inch thick {1.5 cm }
    concrete slabs; 1 inch thick { 3 cm }
    Zillij panels can be made as large as 10 square feet {1 square meter}
     

    CUSTOM DESIGN: Zillij tile is an art that has specific measurements for each pattern. We can reproduce any traditional Moroccan mosaic design. Our master zillij tile artisan will adjust the scale of mosaic tiles to suit your specifications as closely as possible.
    For more information about our custom design services, please contact us.
     

    COLOR: Every glaze recipe is mixed by hand and the tiles are baked in kilns fired by olive pits and pith. This ancient process yields slight differences in color that give character to the enameled surface of the tile. Our zillij tile color samples can be ordered from our web shop, in order to show the variations in tone which occurs in this hand-made tile.
     

    LEAD TIME: The average lead time is 6 -12 week if we ship by air and
    6-9 months if we ship by sea. The lead time for custom orders depends on the intricacy of the design and on the quantity and size of the project.
     

    PRICING: Prices range from $25 per square foot up to $195 per square foot.
    Please contact us for a detailed price quote.
     

    PAYMENT: A 50% deposit is required to initiate an order. The full balance and shipping fees must be paid before your order is released for shipment/delivery.
    We accept Mastercard, Visa and American Express.
     

    To place your order for zillij tile please contact us:
    email info@importsfrommarrakesh.com
    phone 212-675-9700