A few months ago you featured the most beautiful kitchen belonging to the interior designer, Natasha Habermann. (I think she lives fairly close to you?)
Ever since, I’ve been obsessed with that tile. Do you know what it is and where to get it? And, anything else about it, that I should know about?
Like, will I have to forgo pedicures for the rest of my life in order to afford it?
And, if I do this tile, is it so on trend that I’ll hate myself in ten years? I really don’t want to fall prey to yet another lame decorating trend.
I hope that you can do a blog post about this tile and tell it to us straight!
Thank you so much Tilley who is someone I made up. ;] And, Zellige is the name of this subway tile alternative.
But, before I go on with a discussion about Zellige tiles,
I just want to thank everyone who took the time to write me such sweet notes regarding my mom. I can’t tell you how much each one means to me. There are about a dozen or so in there, that I did not respond to. If yours is one of those, it’s in no way personal; I read them all. I had just hit a wall at that time.
Right now, there’s nothing new to report. But, that could change at any time.
Okay, let’s get back to this subway tile alternative called Zellige.
First of all, I also didn’t know what it was called either, until I began to research it. And, then I found out the embarrassing truth.
EVERY interior design blogger in the entire cyberverse has already written about it. Yes, every one but me. How sad is that. Well, better late than never! And, like I always say, I’m learnin’ along with the rest of you.
Second, I love it too!
Third, yes, it’s wildly popular. Does that mean that if you do Zellige that it could one day become tired and dated, say like “Tuscan” design?
Not a chance! And, here’s why.
Under no circumstances could we compare this to Tuscan design, because so-called Tuscan has absolutely nothing to do with Tuscany! That is, authentic Tuscan design.
And, Zellige (pronouced Zell eej) has been around since at least the year 700AD.
That gives me a lot of confidence that although a trend, it’s a product that has stood the test of time!
What is Zellige Tile?
Zellige is a Moroccan tile that’s been handcrafted from natural clay found near the city of Fez, Morocco.
The luminous glaze coating is made of liquid-colored glass. After it is applied, the tiles are baked under very high temperatures. The colors in the glass glaze come for minerals such as zinc, mercury, copper, gold, etc.
The tiles are exceedingly durable and are stain, scratch, fade and slip resistant. And, they are easy to clean making them suited for any area of a building, inside and out.
And, while it could be a substitute for the common (but wonderful) subway tile, Zellige tiles comes in all different shapes and sizes, including rectangular shapes used for subway tile.
via @maritjonna on instagram – subway tile alternative – Zellige tiles
However, the most common shape is a square, usually 4″ x 4″. Yep. Just the same as your ol’ common bath tile.
This Zellige is particularly pitted and rustic. But, not all of it is.
Cle Tile says that their Zellige does not require grouting. However, they do recommend that if it’s being used in kitchens and bathrooms, to use grout. In other words, do whatever you like, but don’t go crying to them if you have a leak.
via Remodelista and an excellent post about the pros and cons of using Zellige tiles
Man, how sick is that!!! (“sick” means magnificent in case you don’t know) ;]
This is the work of Tara Mangini and Percy Bright, owners of the Jersey Icecream Co. Very cool house in the link. Please follow them on instagram.
Cle Tile – cafe-appliance-range
rectangular Zellige tiles – in a subway tile pattern
Ash NYC via first dibs – zellige hand-made tile bathroom. How cool is that sink!
All of the faucets in these beautiful bathrooms are reminding me of the fabulous sale going on at Pottery Barn. Everything on the site is on sale. I don’t know when it’s ending. There’s even a little discount on their cool faucets. And, they never go on sale!
And, PB also a similar mirror on sale right now!
Their other items on sale are at least 20% or more off. You can see more favorites on the bed & Bath hot sales page
Also, please check out the main hot sales page. Lots of new things to see this week.
For more bathroom inspiration, please check out these posts:
Closing thoughts about Zellige tiles.
Yes, they are expensive. How expensive? It depends on the source.
But, be careful, because there are some fake Zellige tiles. So, get samples first.
Real Zellige is rustic and wildly imperfect. Each tile is unique. So, if you’re the every hair in place type, this product might not be to your liking. Again, please get samples or go to see the tile in person, first before ordering.
Is it a mistake to do this as a substitute tile alternative?
I don’t think so. Not at all! However, like everything else, it is only one element in the room. But, it’s one that has its own quiet beauty. So, I think the most successful rooms using it have either a somewhat modern or retro vibe. Or, at least a young-trad look.
So, over-all, if the tile is in your budget and suits the look of your kitchen, bath or other location requiring tile, then I’d go for it.