These old ceramic vessels adorn a corner shelf in the city of Fes, where they were most likely produced. The cities of Fes and Safi, and the small towns of Oued Laou and Tamegrout, are renowned for their pottery, each place best known for a different facet of the craft. Fes is best known for ceramics made of gray clay, which is longer lasting and more durable than red clay, as well as ceramics that have been painted in a distinct blue and white motif. The ceramics pictured here are made of gray clay, and their age can certainly testify to the material’s endurance! Safi is famous for its painted and decorative pottery, Oued Laou for its high quality cooking tagines, and Tamegrout for its prized green-glazed pottery.
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