Collection by Aaron Britt

Tiles of Casablanca

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Wandering the streets of downtown Casablanca, one sees a whole other use of tile on building facades. Instead of the reddish concrete with colorful accents you see in Marrakech (which I documented here), the White City has a decidedly less decorated feel. As an early 20th century laboratory for art deco, art nouveau, modernist, and neo-Moroccan design, Casablanca emphasizes form over ornament. And yet, that great ceramic tradition can still be felt. Here's a glimpse of the use of tile I saw over the course of a couple days wandering around Casablanca.

The buildings in downtown Casablanca are, as the name might suggest, overwhelmingly white. And though they're rather…
I snapped this picture of the side of a local post office. So much of Moroccan tile is about color, repetition, and…
Here's a bit more of the rich decoration that one gets used to in Morocco. This mailbox on the facade of the main post…
I snapped this one of a small tiled column in the Marche Centrale where I had my lunch of fresh fish. If you were to…
In terms of exterior ornament, the crown has to go to the Hassan II mosque. Built right on the edge of the sea—over the…
I had a chance to wander around the facade—my visit did not coincide with any of the guided tours, sadly—but the work…
I think this is my favorite of all the tile photos I took. Without looking closely you almost lose the sense that this…
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