The art of zellig

Meknes, Morocco
Meknes, Morocco

Tombeau Moulay Ismail, Meknes

I love architecture.  Art deco is my favourite. But I also loved zellig, mosaics, that exist everywhere in Morocco.  It was behind fountains, covered floors, pillars and walls, and anywhere else you could imagine.  Each piece perfectly in place.

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

The process

We even had the pleasure of seeing a zellig come to life.  Men creating beautiful pottery pieces using a non-motorized wheel. Others placing the items into the large kiln. Men hammering the little pieces into various shapes, and someone else who was in charge of putting them in place to create the design.

Beautiful!

Stacking the pottery in the kiln

Stacking the pottery in the kiln

Creating each little piece of the zellig perfectly

Creating each little piece of the zellig perfectly

Putting the pieces perfectly in place.

Putting the pieces perfectly in place.

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  1. […] Meknes, a city I’d call a mini-Marrakech.  They have a great little medersa to visit, stunning architecture and a medina that is filled with locals and void of tourists.  So unlike Marrakech, you can walk through the medina without being hassled.  And a day trip to Moulay Idriss and Volibulis are so close and so worthwhile.  And this is the wine-growing region of Morocco and apparently some wineries welcome visitors.  I’ve never been.  It would probably be in my best (health) interest not to! […]



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