From Moroccan tradition to contemporary design: we discover Zellige
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The collection of glazed majolica effect ceramic tiles is inspired by North African architecture.
It is called Zellige, just like the typical Moroccan architectural element to which it refers: of Berber and Hispano-Moresque origin, it probably derives from Byzantine and Roman mosaics and is obtained by combining glazed terracotta tiles to form a very colourful geometric design. A real decorative art form today offered in a contemporary version on ceramic in 10x10 cm size.
Marazzi's production technology allows the charm of colour imperfections and surface irregularities to be kept intact, while at the same time offering a finishing material with exceptional technical performance. In addition, the slightly irregular edge simulates the hand-chiselling of the craftsmen and enables installation with virtually no joint.
The colour range for the Zellige collection is very broad: 12 intense, exceptionally glossy colours, each proposed in multiple shades that make the compositions lively and textured. It is therefore possible to choose between the Turchese, Salvia, Bosco, Cielo, Petrolio, China, Lana, Argilla, Cammello, Corallo, Gesso and Carbone tones: these are the basic colours, to which 3 “on demand” mosaics, made with irregular chips cut on the slant from the plain tiles, are added. One of the mosaics is monochromatic (Bosco) while the other two are offered in two colours (Gesso and China, Gesso and Carbone).
Perfect for enhancing bathroom and kitchen walls in both private and contract contexts, Zellige offers a decorative alternative to trendy geometric patterns, focusing on the brightness of the surfaces and the cheerfulness of the colours. The colour shades present in each individual tile allow the creation of unique, exclusive random mixes.
The inspiration drawn from tradition means that the Zellige collection can be perfectly adapted to interiors with a vintage style, while also being at ease in contemporary and minimal interiors, where it represents the decisive stylistic counterpoint.