Please Note: Authentic Moroccan tiles are 100% hand-crafted based on centuries of tradition and characterized by their irregularities and imperfections. Tiles will vary in color, shade, tone and sizes and display pits, cracks and chipped edges. Zellige shown installed in photographs on social media and online may be altered by lighting, filters and other editing tools. We strongly advise purchasing samples prior to placing an order
Zellige is a traditional Moroccan tile handcrafted with non-refined natural clay from the Fez region. It is a low-fired terracotta that may be used for all applications, including floor/wall, interior/exterior and water treatments (such as pools). Zellige owes it distinctive appearance to slight variations in size, color and other imperfections.
Each Zellige tile is unique, with color variation between each tile. This variation is due to the ancient glazing process in which raw materials are in use. The process of firing Zellige tiles often causes crazing on the surface of the glazed tiles. Crazing is a common occurrence in handmade tiles that produces an intricate network of small hairline cracks. Zellige tiles are hand chiseled and therefore size variation is common. Be prepared for some variation in width, length and thickness.
Due to the raw materials and timeless methods of making Zellige tiles you will receive tiles that are pitted through the glaze and about 20% of which will contain cracks, crazing and edge-chipping. These tiles are perfectly fine to be installed and will give the traditional Zellige finish. If you don’t wish to have these imperfections, we recommend ordering 20%-30% more tile.
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