January 9th, 2009
I’m obsessed with repetitive pattern. I am particularly fond of tile patterns. I have a MAJOR THING for order and symmetry. I am particularly captivated by the Zellij tile patterns that are literally everywhere in Morocco, with their underlying meaning of infinity and the omnipresent center. They just draw me in….
So when Maryam proposed painting another set of stair risers for our upcoming painting project at Peacock Pavilions and sent me this inspiration….
I began pour through my pattern books and photos for appropriate Zellij tile patterns that I thought would be PERFECT for this series.
I found some….
and some more….
and yet more….maybe I’m taking this “infinity” thing a little too much to heart?
But are these not AMAZING?! Many thanks to Michelle here, who worked with me turn these classic and universally appealing patterns into stencils (available next month on the Royal Design Studio website) in record time.
This website has some fabulous information on the history, use, and significance of Zellij patterns in Moroccan decoration. It’s a must read!
Want more photos?? There is a fantastic Zellij Tile set here on Flickr.
BTW Maryam’s My Marrakech blog is a finalist in the 2008 Weblog Awards in the Best Middle East or Africa Blog category and she needs YOUR vote! You can vote here through Tuesday, January 13th.