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Morocco communities have their unique, vibrant atmosphere you will undoubtedly appreciate. Thus, by getting in touch with locals, you will have an unforgettable experience. These communities create a lively ambience that makes you lose track of time. The authenticity and originality of each structure that passed down for generations will amaze you. Each city has unique architectural art that it offers and delight its visitors.
In the city of Fez, you will observe some of the superb handmade items such as:

  • Mosaic
  • Pottery
  • Leather
  • Woven in wicker, raffia and palm

In the city of Marrakesh, you will find all kinds of items, for example:

  • Lampshades
  • Trivets, baskets
  • Lanterns, mirrors
  • Rugs and candlesticks

In Essaouira, you can find all kinds of items, and these include:

  • Scandinavian blankets
  • All variety of leather purses
  • Leather bags, Bread baskets
  • Moroccan wedding blankets.
  • Ankle boots, sandals, closed shoes.
  • Rafia craftwork, babouche slippers, flats
  • Carved in thuya, precious wood from the Atlas Mountains

The art of Mosaic in Morocco is well flourished with the Moors. These mosaics have been integrated on many traditional objects and in innovative designs for centuries. These types of artworks have been passed from generation to generation. Many Moroccan buildings and infrastructure incorporated many fascinating geometrically patterned mosaics. Mosaic is the true hallmark of Moroccan interiors as it is integrated into a variety of designs. These include fountains, floors, ceilings, pools and tables ornament walls.
Some of the public infrastructures and building these type of Mosiac are used in are:

  • Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque in Fez
  • the Ben Youssef Madrasa in Marrakech,
  • The modern design such as the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca

Mosaic, zellige in Arabic, used to be just wealthy people. They used it to decorate their luxurious homes. This was to demonstrate the luxury and sophisticated life. Yet, this has changed immensely, and in recent years, you can find it anywhere you go in Morocco.

The cities where this unique music style is produced are Meknes, Fes, Salé and Safi. In these cities, you will find some of the most productive centers of these Mosaic types from where they get distributed nationally and internationally exported.

The process of making Mosaic is very complicated. It requires diligent attention to detail and unique skills and perfection. This is to execute and produce the most unique and authentic artifacts.
Some of the most common  and well-sourced styles of the Mosaics are:

  • Cross-shaped
  • Square-shaped, star-shaped
  • Mosaic of Fez MUST watch VIDEO.
  • Octagon combined with cabochon shaped.

Fez is one of the main cities that produces a high, luxurious quality of Mosaic.
The process of making Mosaic Zellij is very intricate and lengthy:

  • First, the artisans extract the impurities from clay.
  • Second, the clay is mixed well and grouped into square tiles,
  • Third, the mosaic tiles are left to dry under the hot sun.
  • Fourth, the tiles are smoothed, rendered flat, and dipped in coloured enamel.
  • Fifth, mosaic tiles are then kiln-baked.
  • Sixth, the Mosaic is hand-cut square pieces of tile into the desired shapes and forms.

Side Notes:
The enamel used in this process is made of natural minerals such as zink, tin, and copper.
Kiln bake is a thermally insulated chamber type of oven. This is to produce a high temperature enough to hardening, drying of the made Mosaic.

Written by Moroccan Legacy

Moroccan Legacy, your number one source, a distinguished, original and respected hub for all you need to know about Morocco.
Moroccan Legacy Inc was founded in Canada in 2013. It was founded for one mission: to provide and present the authentic legacy and culture of Morocco.

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