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Zelij - A Moroccan Artform
Zelij - A Moroccan Artform
The tiling pattern of the Islamic world
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Zellige making is considered an art in itself. The art is transmitted from generation to generation by maâlems (master craftsmen). A long training starts at childhood to implant the required skills.
Assiduous attention to detail is needed when creating zellige. The small shaped (cut according to a precise radius gauge), painted and enamel covered pieces are then assembled in a geometrical structure as in a puzzle to form the completed mosaic. The process has not varied for a millennium, though conception and design has started using new technologies such as data processing.
Arabesque: decorative art "Islamic Art" 
Progression of centre star complexity
Zellige terracotta tiles decorating afountain with elaborate Islamic geometric patterns, Place El-Hedine, Meknes, Morocco
Hand drowing zelij pattern
An especially impressed with the way the column face is exactly the right width for the design.
Normally the centre star in designs have 8 points; 16 if the designer was in an extravagant mood (see above). However one particular palace had many 32 and 64 point stars. Complexity nearly to the point of absurdity, and actually not as aesthetically pleasing as the simpler designs, in my humble opinion.
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Zelij - A Moroccan Artform

Everything Zelij - FREE AI Download file Recently I fell in love with the ubiquitous style of tiling known as Zelij (or Zillij, zilige, zillige.. Read More

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