Zellige tiles are having a huge moment in interior design right now and The Tile Depot is proud to be New Zealand’s exclusive stockist of Tiles of Ezra Zellige, one of the most globally recognised brands of quality artisan tiles.
Zellige tiles are handmade glazed tiles with irregular surfaces that originated in Morocco. Traditional zellige tile manufacture is considered an artform that requires great experience, precision, and patience by master craftsmen. The techniques are passed down through the generations, using methods of manufacture that have essentially remained the same for hundreds of years.
Being hand-made every tile is unique. Part of the character and appeal of zellige tiles is their variations in tone, shine, depth of glazing, thickness, shape and size, surface textures and other irregularities. It is this variation and “imperfection” that is intrinsic to hand-made tiles and an important aspect of their character, authenticity, and appeal.
Historically zellige tiles were used to create mosaics with elaborate geometric patterns, however, contemporary zellige tiles also include simple square (zelllige) and rectangular (bejmat) shapes that add a unique character and texture to interiors. The Tile Depot stocks these basic zellige and bejmat shapes, but elaborate custom-made mosaics are also available on indent.
Not all zellige are created equal and Tiles of Ezra consider their zellige tiles to be the best in Morocco. There is a direct partnership with the artisans who are phenomenally proud of their craft. There is no sweat shop mass production here, but a small group of craftsmen maintaining an ancient artform with love and skill, using the finest quality materials. Tiles of Ezra works closely with these artisans to develop glazing colours that speak to contemporary design and is regularly developing new aesthetics with these traditional tiles. This has led to Tiles of Ezra Zellige tiles being widely sought after for modern interiors.
There are many factors influencing the demand for zellige including a connection to nature and a desire for simple, healthy beautiful interiors with a unique and soothing character. The Tiles of Ezra zellige are authentic, sustainable, beautiful, and experiential — they create a unique atmosphere that is very different to mass produced “perfect” factory tiles. Although handmade tiles can be found around the world and the look is replicated elsewhere, with Tiles of Ezra Zellige you know you are getting quality.
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