The ancient art of making zellige tiles is a Moroccan practice that dates back to the tenth century. The technique, which has been passed down from generation to generation, involves mixing clay and water, then flattening it by hand before glazing and baking the tiles. The uneven, dimpled surfaces, natural color variations, and unmitered edges create depth and texture.

“The drama of this product is in its imperfection,” explains Dana Shawver of Palmetto Tile of North Carolina. “Customers love it because of its organic nature. It adds soul to even a new build, making it feel like it’s been there for a long time.” Zellige tiles are versatile and can be used in modern or traditional homes, inside or outside, in bathrooms, kitchens, pools, floors, or fountains.

They come in various sizes and colors, including mosaics, and a new line from Clé features a subtle metallic shimmer of gold or platinum. “One of our favorite ways to use the metallic zellige is in a bundle we call Lustre, featuring a mix—some glossy, some unglazed,” says Sarah Lonsdale of Clé.

 “It both downplays and accentuates the brilliance of these tiles. They truly are the ultimate neutral.” As zellige continues to grow in popularity, Shawver offers one caveat: not all zellige is created equal. “You should only use authentic zellige, handmade in Morocco by skilled artisans, so these tiles will stand the test of time,” she advises.




Sevilla Mosaic in Snow & White Border




Moroccan Zellige Facetaped Triangle Mosaic