Backsplash tile is always on my mind whether it’s a project I’m currently working on or one that’s coming up soon. The look that’s caught my eye lately is the one achieved with zellige tile.
Zellige tiles are made with terracotta and they originate in Morocco. Zellige (pronounced zill-eejh) acquires its coloring from the historic clay body that is a rich terra cotta, inherently forcing it’s hue through all the glazes. The tiles are formed from the earth and baked in kilns (source).
I love how the subtle gloss surface highlights the flaws in these tiles and the imperfections are the attraction. The uniform shapes achieve balance with a grid or subway application. I ordered a few samples last week in blue hues for my studio kitchen, I’ve been meaning to add a gorgeous backsplash to that space for many years. I have high hopes one of them will do.
Meanwhile, take a peek at some of these zellige tile applications. These tiles look right at home in European or old world inspired spaces, but they are also a fresh alternative to basic subways tiles in modern kitchens and bathrooms.
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