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One more interior courtyard of Bahia Palace.You can admire this splendid mosaic 'carpet' Zellige, is its name,in a very close up shot.More about Bahia Palace you can see here
The entire shot you can see it here

Zellige (Arabic: الزليج) (also Zellidj) is a terra cotta square covered with enamel in the form of chips set into plaster.It is one of the main characteristics of Moroccan architecture. It consists of geometrical mosaics made ceramic used mainly as an ornament for walls, ceilings, fountains, floors, pools, tables, etc.

It is believed that zellige was influenced by the Frumuşeni Mosaics of the Byzantines.The art of Zellige flourished at the Hispano-Moresque period (Azulejo). It then appeared in Morocco in the 10th century using nuances of white and brown colours.

The art remained very limited in use until the Merinid dynasty who gave it more importance around the 14th century. Blue, red, green and yellow colours were introduced in the 17th century. The old enamels with the natural colours were used until the beginning of the 20th century and the colors had probably not evolved much since the period of Merinids. The cities of Fes and Meknes remain the centers of this art.

Forms and trends
The pallet of the colors of the zellige started to grow rich by colors which make it possible to multiply the compositions ad infinitum (see picture above). The most current form of the zellige is the square one whose dimensions are variable. Other forms are also possible in composition: the Octagonal combined with a cabochon, a star, a cross, etc. It is then molded with a thickness of approximately 2 centimeters. There exists in simple squares of 10 per 10 centimeters or with the corners cut to be combined with a coloured cabochon. To pave the grounds Bejmat, a paving stone of 15 per 5 centimeters approximately and 2 centimeters thick, can also be used.

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