[ecis2016.org] If you are looking for tiles having variations in shine, depth of glazing, surface texture with irregularities and variability in shape and size, to give a unique look to your house, go for Moroccan tiles
Moroccan tiles never go out of fashion, and there are plenty of reasons that explain why. The charm of these tiles handmade reflected through their slight imperfection (which is true of all things natural) would make anyone fall in love with Moroccan tiles. This is probably why Moroccan tiles find a way in all sort of homes—whether they are built on a contemporary theme or are based entirely on traditional imaginations.
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What are Moroccan tiles?
Originated in 10th century in Morocco (North Africa), Moroccan tiles are nothing less than a heritage. Construction of Moroccan tiles is an art passed on from one generation to another in Morocco. It is now a dying art.
Traditionally, Moroccan tiles are made by mixing natural clay with water. The clay dough is hand-shaped, dried and kiln-fired, using olive pits. This is followed by enamel glazing with hands on the front portion of the Moroccan tiles. Moroccan tiles are basically ceramic tiles that are fired and glazed, involving a lot of hard work. As they are hand-molded, hand-cut and hand-glazed, each Moroccan tile is unique and unidentical, unlike factory-made tiles you see everywhere.
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Moroccan tiles: How to use them in home décor?
Available in various colours, Moroccan tiles are apt for any type of construction, be it a 2BHK flat or a grand villa, because of the variety and vibrancy they offer. This article will help you with tips to incorporate Moroccan tiles, also known as Zellige terracotta tiles and Zelij, in your home, if you are charmed by their beauty.
Moroccan tiles for kitchen
The best thing about Moroccan tiles is they instantly make any place beautiful. This is also true for your kitchen. You can use Moroccan tiles in many ways for your kitchen. They can cover the full wall or used only as kitchen backsplash tiles, depending on your taste.
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Moroccan tiles can do wonders as a kitchen floor option too. Check out the image below to get inspired and have a Moroccan tile design kitchen.
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Moroccan tiles backsplash for your living room
If you want the whole wall adorned with Moroccan tiles, you can go for light shade Moroccan tiles backsplash. Moroccan tiles can certainly add a dash of colour into an otherwise dull and boring space.
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Moroccan tiles price
Depending on the size, pattern, and quality of Moroccan tiles, they might cost you anywhere between Rs 50 per sq ft and Rs 300 per sq ft.
Moroccan tiles maintenance
It is not easy to clean Moroccan tiles like other regular tiles, because they are handmade with uneven shapes, protruding edges and corners. As for cleaning agents, Moroccan tiles demand the same cleaning and maintenance like other tiles. Clean them regularly with soft, wet cloths. Use mild cleaning agents occasionally for stains and dirt. Avoid using harsh cleaning agents and abrasive brushes, as the Moroccan tiles may start losing their sheen.
Moroccan tiles: Tips for installing them
- As they are not like other factory-made tiles, Moroccan tiles do not offer uniformity. Go for these tiles if you like the imperfection of hand-made natural elements.
- Moroccan tiles are not easy to clean because of the protruding edges and corners. They cannot withstand harsh cleaning agents too.
- Moroccan tiles look grout-less. This works well as the grout gets dirty more often.
Are Moroccan tiles expensive?
Moroccan tiles cost between Rs 60 per sq ft and Rs 3,000 per sq ft.
What are Moroccan style tiles?
Moroccan style tiles originated in 10th century in Morocco, inspired by Roman and Byzantine mosaics.
What are Moroccan tiles made of?
Moroccan tiles are made up of natural clay and water. They are hand-shaped and kiln-fired. Enamel glazing is done later by hand to the front portion of tiles.
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