American designers Caitlin and Samuel Dowe-Sandes live in Marrakech and own the Moroccan tile company Popham Design.
Inspired by the traditional style of Moroccan cement tiles, all the tiles they create have been carefully made by hand by skilled artisans in their Marrakech factory.
The designers say that they are inspired by everyday life in Marrakech, from “the curve of an arch, a delicate carved wooden ceiling, the branch of an almond tree” to “the shadow cast by the wheel of a donkey cart”.
Grouped into four collections – scribbles + loops, classics + twists, flora + fauna, and plain + shapely – the patterns have been designed with flexibility in mind so that they can sit together in many different ways.
The tiles can work as wall and floor coverings and can be put outside or in – they’re expensive but given the degree of artistry involved, this is not surprising. The tiles are for sale around the world in selected showrooms and via the website. To find out more and to see the designs, visit www.pophamdesign.com