Each place has its own ambiance, though this is usually determined through the elements of architecture, it does not negate the ability of artistic works to create varied shadows to each atmosphere, and perhaps even reach out to do miracles.
A small masterpiece can have a greater impact than one might initially think, for it is a self-sufficient being which fuses the elements of nature. Not only that, it also defines its own existence through projecting the entity of its creative artist, and responding to the taste of those collectors filled with colorful life. Yes, they are beautiful forms, but their beauty is not confined to lines, they are beings inhabiting your daily lives .
Roofs in Moroccan architecture boast the exquisite Fez tiles made from rare mountain clay It is a cohesive paneling of curved squares placed under the sun to dry their cogged edges, after being oven baked, they are colorfully painted in green with a mixture composed of copper, lead and sand, to be laid in a coherent space free order but not so monotonous. Because it is made of oven baked mud. these tiles are highly resistant to weather factors.
Stones speak their own language: they hold the secrets of mankind. Hence, one sees Almnjur, a hard-sandy stone extracted from the Sale’ area in Morocco, sculptured and carved into the most magnificent forms. from antiques to the facades of small houses, columns, fountains and arches of alleys. In Almnjur, you will find echoes of the Andalusian art fond of the old light and shadow dialogue
Another calcic stone striped in red or pistachio green is extracted in the area of Taroudant and used for making pots, artifacts and statues inspired by the themes of ancient tribal traditions of Morocco.
When lime mixes with traditional olive soap along with some colorful paints, a magical substance is born which Moroccan artists call Tadlakt. It is plaster tiles, made to decorate outside and inside walls of houses as well as bathrooms. It acquires splendor through the passage of time, with a marble look to it. These magical pieces turn into paintings that tell stories we love and spin in our imagination. rendering each gazing eye an inspired artist.
Wood has a sparkling wisdom to it. The first children of nature; trees looked after man since the day he was born. In fact, trees fascinated man to such an extent that he always wanted to be around with them, therefore using them to make everything related to his presence, his home, tools, and even his lucky charms. The art of engraving wood requires a lot of precision and wisdom. A specialized artist in this art is usually called a master; the only one who has the ability to coordinate circular geometric shapes and forms of wide and sharp angles _ In the city of Fez, as in other Moroccan cities masters used cedars and sabina logs in particular due to the proximity of their forests to the city. They were hence distinctly utilized in Fez buildings, both in ornamented ceilings and in manufacturing doors, windows, and furniture, particularly chests and beds.
Mastering the art of carving plaster requires long years of learning, relentless perseverance and durable attention. Masters carefully handle plaster because it must be a cohesive substance. After gypsum is mixed and laid to form thick layers over large areas, then it is smoothed until it becomes ready.
Gypsum is carved with geometrical forms, floral shapes, kufic Arabic calligraphy, beehive ornamentation and other very beautiful ornamentation and other very beautiful decorations. These engravings decorate mosques, palaces and luxury homes, sometimes adorning the lower part of frames with various scripts.
These rich and attractive decorations that transform ceilings into masterpieces, are perhaps the most important element in interior design, with of colors pink or light brown inlaid with white plaster. White gypsum can be inlaid with gold color or left white altogether. These warm. attractive colors make gypsum boards an unrivaled aesthetical element
Zilij – the most beautiful and original form of Moroccan crafts – is merely scorched clay from the mountains of Fez, such is the Moroccan ingenuity: the world’s beauty is made of clay. All this visual culture, which is hundreds of years old, is kneaded, cut into squares of clay, oven backed and then decorated only by hand and a chisel hammer, rendering each piece a letter in a long poem.
Zilij pieces are single colored in greenish blue, purple, light brown, yellow or red, with more than 3000 geometrical shapes collectively designed in the form of 6 to 16 ray stars, Arabesque or floral shapes.
It is quite difficult to imagine the level of skill and focus exerted in structuring the clear luminous and harmonious parts of each mosaic. The meticulous work, color manipulation and use of literature require thinking through a cross.