These Moroccan Tile-Inspired Prints Are Exactly What Your Gallery Wall Is Missing
Is it just us, or is Moroccan style *everywhere* right now? While the country’s rugs have become essential for in-the-know home decor enthusiasts, Moroccan design is definitely having a moment with ceramics and tiles popping onto the scene. If you’re looking for an easy, low-commitment way to bring the look home, tile art, inspired by the bold, unmistakable signature patterns that can be spotted in Marrakesh and beyond, from Folks & Tales latest collection will bring your gallery wall up to date and on-trend.
While home goods source Folks & Tales is known for their beautifully crafted textiles and ceramics, their modern take on traditional Moroccan tile prints is where it’s at decor-wise. Each one is drawn from a classic Moroccan tile pattern, and the result is a cheery, graphic look that totally triggers our color obsession.
Folks & Tales founder Dounia Bounahmidi didn’t have to look far to find the inspiration for these pieces. “I grew up in Morocco where Zellige art (the name for this style of Islamic tile pattern) is represented everywhere, ornamenting walls and ceilings, mosques, and old castles. The idea behind these prints is to reinvent and celebrate this major cultural symbol by blending its traditional, intricate patterns with modern aesthetics and colors,” she says.
Each print is inspired by a particular type of pattern and the setting that it is traditionally used for. This one, called Tarifa, is modeled after “the geometrical patterns that traditionally ornament outdoor spaces and fountains,” according to Bounahmidi.
While the patterns are informed by antiquity, the colors feel right at home in the bright and color-soaked interiors that we love. We picture the one above in a light-filled kitchen, maybe with a floor tile pattern that echoes it. This juxtaposition is close to Bounahmidi’s heart. “They’re a way to bring some ancestral art into modern interiors, using a fun and playful format,” she says.
Each print arrives already framed, and in keeping with Bounahmidi’s ethos of partnering with local artisans, the solid wood frames are handcrafted in Morocco’s capital city of Rabat by skilled woodworkers.
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(Images via Folks & Tales)