If you are living in the neighbourhood of a Moroccan tiles workshop, you might have seen workers making these tiles and creating beautiful designs and patterns on Moroccan bathroom tiles. The whole process looks easy when the experienced hands are in action.
It is a long process. They show extreme care even about the minute details. This is the reason why there is no match for the patterns you see on Moroccan bathroom tiles. You are not going to find such vibrant designs and exotic colors anywhere in the world. The majority of Moroccan tiles are made from cement. Tile makers are using the same old traditional methods, techniques and the colonial-era machinery to make these tiles.
Making of Moroccan Cement Tiles
There are many small workshops which are usually family-run workshops. Not all workshops have websites. Some workshops do have websites and you can see the examples of their work on their websites. And, if you happen to be in Morroco, just look for the piles of cement or sand to the side of the road. It’s a Moroccan tiles workshop. If you are a fan of beautifully designed Morrocan bathroom tiles, there is a visual treat waiting for you in the store. And, if the manager allows, you can also see how they are making these beautiful tiles without using any modern machinery. Here is the age-old process of making Moroccan tiles for bathroom, bedroom and other areas in a house or a commercial space.
Tiles makers usually use fine Portland cement. They mix the cement with marble dust and add natural pigments in the mixture for a specific color.
You will find some magnificent-looking moulds there. You will see different types of moulds. Makers use these moulds for creating highly creative and a variety of patterns. These moulds come in different shapes such as hexagonal.
First of all, they pour cement into a form and squeeze this by applying high pressure. Tiles are then left to cure. Now they have a base in the shape of a tile. The base must be oiled.
Breaking the mould
They insert the mould into the base. There are fine metal sections on the mould. The worker pours different colored cements into these sections and you get a layer on the base. This layer is the top featuring different patterns.
Now they pour a layer of coarse cement and sand into the mould. This layer will strengthen the tile and also make it more durable. Some tile makers add one more layer for extra reinforcement.
It’s time to press
The worker then places a steel cap on the top of the mould. The mould with this steel cap is put into the hydraulic press. Now you have a tile with all layers embedded into a single layer. It is looking pretty. However, you have to wait as it is still not ready to decorate your space.
It’s bath time
They need to harden up the tiles first. These tiles are now placed in a rack and sent for a cold bath. There are some chemical reactions taking place during the cold bath.
They just leave these tiles in the sun for slow curing. The sunbathe goes for 4 weeks. As the water dries out, tiles become more and more hard. Now you have beautiful and designer Moroccan bathroom tiles.
And, the journey ends on the floor of your house or office.