An embodiment of oriental colors: Moroccan tiles

Anyone who has a picture of Morocco in their sights will probably see the colorful and artistic tile ornaments that adorn many buildings, towers, fountains and squares. Moroccan tiles are available in Germany in a large selection.

History and basic patterns

The beginning of the magnificent Moroccan tile art dates back to a few centuries after the Arabs were forbidden to depict living beings in painting or sculpture. Therefore, the artists dodged on the ornamentation of fired cement tiles.

The basic pattern of the Moroccan tiles consists of the "spiderweb of God," which forms eight to sixteen-pointed stars. The second key decorative element is the six-to-octagonal geometric pattern with straight connections that reflect writing elements, the arabesque.

Borders and price factors

The full-surface installation of Moroccan tiles creates a lively look that often consists of many different shades. The optical intensity is often used only partially as a border in Central and Northern European architecture and interior design.

Hand-painted and burned optics for borders start at around 15 euros per meter and reach up to 40 euros. Price factors are the production method, by hand or industrial, the cost of surface design, durability against abrasion, especially in floor tiles and the amount that is purchased.

Costs and unique colors

The same price factors as for Moroccan tile borders apply to the full-surface laying of fired cement products. The price range for Moroccan tiles ranges from forty to 150 euros per square meter.

Most of the products are handpainted, which in addition to the mostly colorful decors leads to additional color, which results from the slight deviation within the colored optical elements. For example, all yellow-colored fields and patterns are not exactly consistent and can range from bright sun yellow to orange yellow.

Individual items of Moroccan tiles are offered in hardware stores. Specialists in the internet such as or hold a large assortment and thus also allow a variety of combinations of patterns, colors and geometric figures.

Tips & Tricks

Moroccan tiles are also known and popular as mosaic table surfaces, mirror frames and for house fountains. In this way, the variety of colors and the oriental flair can be integrated into the interior without covering floors and walls.

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