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Traditional pottery oven.

Morocco. Fez.

Pottery quarter.

Traditional oven.



Zellij tiles. These are the tiles most commonly associated with Morocco.

The wood-fired clay tiles are made from the grey clay of Fez. This is kneaded by hand before being cut to size and fired in wood-burning kilns to produce the unglazed (terracotta) tile. A glaze is then applied, prior to a second firing, to produce the coloured tiles. The glazed tiles are cut into small pieces to produce intricate mosaic patterns, suitable for floors and walls. Alternatively, the glaze can be skilfully chipped away by hand to produce the 'sculpted tile'.

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Taken on October 12, 2011