If you are looking to add a touch of class and style to your home using Morocco as your inspiration then perhaps your tiling options would be the perfect place to start. The word ‘tile’ derived from the French word ‘tuile’, which is, in turn, from the Latin word ‘tegula’, meaning a roof tile composed of fired clay. Fired roof tiles are found as early as the 3rdmillennium BC in the Early Helladic House of the tiles in Lerna, Greece. Archaeologists have found bits of tiles along the River Nile dating back between 12,000 and 18,000 years. As early as 5,000 B.C. the Egyptians were making brightly coloured tiles to decorate the interior of their pyramids. Tiles used by Arab and Moorish civilizations can still be seen today. The Moroccan people are very big on red and yellow Moroccan tiles which can be seen throughout Marrakesh on patios, roof-top terraces, courtyards, parking areas, and balconies. This type of Moroccan tile results in a dry and dusty look.
When you are in the process of renovating the interior of your home, the sort of tiles to use would preferably be a Moroccan tile to give your home the rustic and exotic feel of the exquisite North African country. You can also get different types of Moroccan tiles such as zellige which is a decorative ceramic tile that can be used on floors, ceilings, walls, and furniture. Zellige is terra cotta tile work covered with enamel in the form of chips that are set into plaster. This type of Moroccan tile typically consists of a series of patterns utilizing colourful geometric shapes.
Zellige is considered to be one of the main characteristics of architecture that consists of mosaics made of ceramic used mainly as an ornament for walls, ceilings, fountains, floors, and tables. An interesting fact is the popular Moroccan decorative technique that dates back centuries is called tadelakt. This decorative technique is created using a coloured limestone and a black soap paste to create a smooth and waxed surface on floors and walls.
There are a few architectural design elements to consider when you begin to tile a living space inside your home. One of these design elements is the Moroccan tile backsplash. This is a vertical extension to a counter – typically in the bathroom or kitchen – which protects the wall from unintended splashes of water or fatty substances. The backsplash would be positioned behind a stove or sink to prevent the splashes of fluids on the wall. A glass mosaic is one of the most popular forms of a backsplash.
You can construct this extension using a Moroccan tile backsplash as it is also a general rule that the same material used to make your counter is used to make the backsplash. It’s important to carefully consider the size, shape, and colour for the Moroccan tile backsplash that you are using so that you can avoid creating an overwhelming space that is too busy.
When you are tiling the interior or exterior of your home, you want to give people the idea that your home looks more entertaining and inviting. You can achieve this idea by using Moroccan floor tiles which can be added to any flat surface. These are commonly made of ceramic or stone and this sort of tile will not wear out as a result of humidity in your home. A Moroccan floor tile is authentic, stylish and original and can add flair to the dullest bathrooms or kitchen floors.
There are a number of places that you will find Moroccan tiles for sale. Although, you need to consider the quality that you will be getting and whether it is an authentic product or not. Here, at Moroccan Décor, we can offer you a wide range of authentic and stylish Moroccan tiles for sale at affordable pricing.
One of the more delightful options when you consider which tile to use are the Moroccan mosaic tiles. A mosaic tile refers to the pattern from the use of encaustic tiles as opposed to the means used to create the styles. Mosaic tiles involve a technique of decorative art such as an image or pattern that is created by assembling the tiles in an artwork. The Moroccan mosaic tile is a malleable material that is typically made for backsplashes and floors. It installs easily on areas such as the front and sides of a kitchen island, is colourful and enlivens dark spaces. It is also interesting to learn that mosaic tiling is a traditional cultural practice in Morocco and is well known for intricate and stunning tile designs.
Moroccan floor tiles come with beautiful colours and patterns with special cuts and angles. When Moroccan floor tiles come in special cuts the tiles also then have different edges. The edges typically come with straight or curved tones which must be cut individually to create a snug fit that doesn’t have too much space in between each tile.
Many cement tiles created today are recreating the beautiful designs that originate from Morocco. Traditional cement tiles are also known as encaustic tiles which are hand prepared and produced with naturally treated clay. Cement tiles are idea for kitchens and bathrooms as the tile is easy to clean, and is able to stick in places where water often gets in the way which shows just how durable this type of tile is.
Concrete is a masonry product composed of cement, sand and gravel. When water is mixed in with concrete, it activates the cement component, which is the element responsible for binding the mix together to form one solid object. This leads us to the topic of concrete tiles. Concrete tiles are an economical alternative to clay tiles as they are cured at temperatures of approximately 60 degrees Celsius as opposed to being fired through like clay tiles. The energy-efficient production process and long product life cycle means that concrete tiles have a comparatively low environmental footprint. As a result, the tiles represent a roofing solution which is highly functional, ecologically sound, and also excellent value for money.
Encaustic tiles are created using cement, marble powder, and natural pigments in an artisan manufacturing process that has existed since the 1850’s. Since encaustic tiles are made of cement, and not ceramic, the tiles don’t have to be fired. It’s also known as a cement tile in which the pattern on the surface is a product of different colors of clay. The tiles are formed with a hydraulic process and mold, and it is then air-dried. Encaustic tiles are usually created with two to six colors with a pattern that is inlaid into the body of the tile millimeters thick so that the design remains while the tile is worn down. It is then left to dry for two to three weeks which results in greater durability. This type of tile is easy to clean, non-flammable, non-polluting, recyclable, and acts as a natural insulator. This means that the tiles are cool in summer and warm in the winter months.
Cement is the binding agent in the masonry products of concrete and mortar. Limestone is mined, crushed, mixed with other ingredients, and heated to cement. The wonderful thing about cement floor tiles is that you can create a beautiful flat surfaced entryway in front of a door or a winding garden path leading to the front door of your home. Cement floor tiles are versatile and durable for use on the inside and outside of a home.