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4 April 2011

The extensive use of tiles in Tunisia ...

Many people associate the use of tiles as floor coverings in the bathroom or in the shower or perhaps in the kitchen.  Here in Tunisia, tiles are used much more extensively and not just in rooms where one would expect to see them but for example on the walls inside old apartment buildings instead of paint or wallpaper and outside in the garden, adorning the walls and the foot paths.  


Figure 1: tiles from the interior of the renowned Café des Nattes in Sidi Bou Said.

Figure 2:  tiles lining the interior walls of an apartment building in central Tunis.


  Figure 3:  tiles from the garden at Ennejma Ezzahra (the Baron's Palace) in Sidi Bou Said.


Figure 4: tiles from the garden at Ennejma Ezzahra (the Baron's Palace) in Sidi Bou Said.



 Figure 5: tiles from the garden at Ennejma Ezzahra (the Baron's Palace) in Sidi Bou Said.



Figure 6: tiles from the exterior of a shop in the Medina in Tunis.


Figure 7:  tiles lining the interior walls of a little fast-food restaurant in Sidi Bou Said.


Figure 8:  tiles from the interior of the renowned Café des Nattes in Sidi Bou Said.



Figure 9: tiles from the garden at Ennejma Ezzahra (the Baron's Palace) in Sidi Bou Said.




Figure 10:  tiles from the Persian garden at Ennejma Ezzahra (the Baron's Palace) in Sidi Bou Said.


Figure 11:  tiles from the garden at Ennejma Ezzahra (the Baron's Palace) in Sidi Bou Said.



Figure 12: tiles advertising the name of Restaurant Dar Zarouk in Sidi Bou Said.


Figure 13:  tiles from the Persian garden at Ennejma Ezzahra (the Baron's Palace) in Sidi Bou Said.





Figure 14:  tiles from the garden at Ennejma Ezzahra (the Baron's Palace) in Sidi Bou Said.
 
 
Figure 15:  a tile decorating the entrance to a villa in central Tunis.
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