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Zillij: Art of Moroccan Ceramics [Hardcover]

S.Samar Damluji
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17 Sep 1992
Zillij: The Art of Moroccan Ceramics represents an outstanding photographic record of Moroccan ceramics and cut tiles, with written contributions from leading art historians and architects specialising in these fields. Photographer John Hedgecoe and the editor Salma Samar Damluji were given unprecedented access to Morocco's finest buildings, including Royal Palaces, and to private and state museum collections. Through the auspices of the Ministry of Culture in Morocco, a unique book on one of the world's great forms of art has been created. It was through the art of zillij, intricate cut-tile patterns, that Moroccan craftsmen achieved their most sophisticated expression of precision, spatial geometry and aesthetics. This book is a careful study of the achievements of those craftsmen in the art of zillij. It is also, as importantly, an investigation into the relationship of zillij designs to ceramics, which present the designs or a new scale and with a new function. Zillij: The Art of Moroccan Ceramics is essential to the library of all those interested, either professionally or otherwise, in architecture, design ceramics, Islamic and decorative arts.


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Garnet Publishing Ltd (17 Sep 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873938020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873938027
  • Product Dimensions: 31.5 x 25.3 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,190,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Moroccan architecture has come to represent a rich resource for those researching into the history of Morocco, and Islamic Moroccan civilization in particular, to draw upon; this is largely due to the uninterrupted course of its harmonious continuity across the last twelve centuries, from the reign of King Idriss II to King Hassan II. Read the first page
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Zillij is a wonderful guide to everything you ever wanted to know about Moroccan mosaic tiles. It is a well illustrated, historical guide to the techniques, motifs and architectural applications of a unique Moroccan craft. Zillij is a rare sourcebook for artists, designers, architects and anyone interested in this ancient Moroccan technique.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mouthwatering Morroccan Ceramics 15 Jun 2000
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This is a scholarly book filled with history, technique, and current methods of producing the beautiful ceramic tiles, mosaics, and utilitarian items of Morrocco. To tell the truth, it would be worth having just for the photographs. From elaborate architectural installations to simple wares, the rich tradition of zillij is documented with artful photos. This book will enhance the library of any serious student of North African art or architecture. Eye candy with intellect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK! SO INSPIRING! YOU JUST WISH YOU COULD BE THERE! 11 Sep 2012
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THE MORE I READ IT THE DEEPER I FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS FORM OF CERAMIC EXPRESSION!
If you are fascinated by Moroccan ceramics but feel you lack the complete picture and necessary info to learn about it, this book is a great opportunity to give you the answers. plenty of photos, plenty to read, well organised. WORTH EVERY PENNY!
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