Spotted, admired, coveted: Sam Roddick's kitchen in London, featuring a wall of glossy Moroccan tiles and a row of mercury-glass pendant lights.
Handmade by artisans using ancient techniques, glazed Moroccan tiles (known as zellige) are fashioned from organic regional clay and glaze pigments. Because they are hand cut, they feature a distinctive, imperfect profile, which enhances their rustic character and adds a note of exotica to kitchens, baths, fireplace surrounds. Below are a few ideas for sourcing the tiles.
Above: Blanc tiles by Emery et Cie.
Above: In New York, Mosaic House offers the R'Ceef 7 line of 12-inch square glazed ceramic tile in dozens of colors.
Above: Another SF source is the San Tropez Boutique, which carries a wide range of Glazed Moroccan Tiles. For a wood-fired version, Dar Interiors in London offers up Wood-Fired Moroccan Ceramic Tiles.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 30, 2011.