Having just gotten back from the most amazing week in Morocco, it’s impossible to not feel like you’re about to burst with visual inspiration (or any kind of sensory inspiration/overload for that matter.)
For a pattern-enthusiast like myself, Morocco is heaven. Glazed tile in all colors, shapes and sizes, are ubiquitous all over Morocco. And somehow, as ornate as they are in themselves, they look even more amazing mixed together with a dozen other styles of patterns and colors. I saw some combinations that broke every rule in the book, but looked effortlessly stunning and elegant non-the-less.
Referred to as zellige, traditional Arabic terra cotta tilework dates back to the 14th Century when the Hispano-Moresque style flourished in Morocco. Nowadays you see a wonderful mix of traditional and contemporary, ornate and plain, floral and geometric.
Above (clockwise from top left): Green Chevron Tiles, Tiles from Fes at the Dar El Mahkzen Palace photographed by Lauren M. Wayman, “Dandelion” in lawn/milk by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Marrakech Design, Deep Green and White Tiles.
Above (clockwise from top left): Primula from Mosaic House, Black & cream zig-zag Chevron pattern, Trame Circulaire by Exquisite SurfacesMoroccan bathroom tiles
Above (clockwise from top left): “Hook” in coral/milk from Swedish designer Mats Theselius, “Casa” in Petal/Blush by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Marrakech Design, “Goose Eye” pattern in tagine/milk from Mats Theselius.
Upon returning to Berlin I came across Swedish design and architecture studio Claesson Koivisto Rune’s beautiful reinterpretations of traditional Moroccan cement tiles for company Marrakech Design. Produced using traditional materials production process, their clean and beautiful patterns – Stone, Dandelion and Casa – are obviously inspired by classical Arabic geometry as well as Japanese aesthetics, with a Scandinavian twist to them. What’s not to love!
See even more beautiful tiles on our Tumblr Mood-board here