Moorish Architectural Elements Glossary

  • ZelligeZelligezillij or zellij (Arabic: [zˈliʑ] (Arabic: الزليج‎‎) is tilework made from individually chiseled geometric tiles set into a plaster base.[1] This form of Islamic art is one of the main characteristics of Moroccan architecture. It consists of geometrically patterned mosaics, used to ornament walls, ceilings, fountains, floors, pools and tables.
  • Mashrabiya : (مشربية), also either shanshūl (شنشول) or rūshān (روشان), is the Arabic term given to a type of projecting oriel window enclosed with carved wood latticework located on the second storey of a building.