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Unusual ceramic tiles from Morocco. Craftsmen create masterpieces by hand.

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Among the many Moroccan crafts, my eye is most pleased with zellige, a special kind of mosaic. In the 11th century, inspired by Roman palace mosaics, artisans of this African country began to create panels with complex geometric patterns.

A feature of the Moroccan mosaic is its handicraft production method even in our time. This makes each design unique. Masters manually, using a heavy hammer, grind each element, selecting the color and shape. The thickness of the mosaic depends on what surface it will be laid. For walls, columns, tabletops make not very thick fragments. For the floor, garden paths the thickness of the tiles reaches 2 cm. Laying the mosaic is made face down, i.e. the master does not see the drawing until it has completely laid out the fragment for editing.

Blue, green, black, white - the main colors of Moroccan zellige are found everywhere today in Morocco - in houses, hotels, restaurants, shops ...

Multi-colored small and very small tiles are laid, creating a unique pattern ... I do not know what could be more beautiful ?!
Clearly - in the video ...

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