Zellige tiles,with their beautiful handmade character,add a touch of artistry to any space.But due to their handcrafted nature,installation requires a slightly different approach than most standard tiles.

Here's a guide to walk you through the process.


  1. Surface Prep: Ensure the surface you'll be tiling is clean, free of debris, and completely level. Uneven surfaces will show through the finished product and compromise the installation.
  2. Mix Up Your Tiles: Zellige tiles have slight variations in size, shape, and color. To achieve a balanced and visually appealing look, pull tiles from several boxes and mix them before laying them out.


  1. Flexible is the Way to Go: Use a high-bond, flexible adhesive specifically designed for mosaics or ceramics. Apply the adhesive to both the back of the tile and the prepared surface.
  2. Close Quarters: Unlike standard tiles, zellige tiles are typically laid with minimal to no grout space between them. Embrace the natural variations in their edges – small gaps are expected and will be filled later with grout. As you place the tiles, use your hand to level them and maintain a consistent overall plane.
  3. Cutting Made Easy: Zellige tiles are relatively soft and can be easily cut using a wet saw with a diamond blade. This allows you to make adjustments for corners or create intricate patterns.


  1. Filling the Gaps: Once the adhesive has cured completely, apply grout using a soft grout float. Ensure all the spaces between the tiles are fully filled with grout. Opt for a flexible liquid grout suitable for zellige installations.
  2. Cleaning Up: After waiting 20-30 minutes for the grout to set slightly, remove the excess using a damp sponge or cloth. Follow the grout manufacturer's recommendations for cleaning and finishing touches.


  • Zellige tiles are delicate due to their handmade nature. Handle them with care throughout the installation process to avoid chipping or breaking.
  • Since they don't have bullnose tiles (rounded edge tiles), you can create a finished edge by using a grout color that complements the zellige tiles themselves.
  • Zellige tiles come in a vast array of colors and shapes. Unleash your creativity and create one-of-a-kind patterns or designs to personalize your space.

By following these steps and keeping the additional tips in mind, you can successfully install zellige tiles and add a touch of unique beauty to your home. Remember, if you're unsure about any part of the process, consulting with a professional tile installer is always a good option.

These installation instructions are offered as guidelines only. New York Cement Tile will not be held responsible for errors, problems or issues due to installation.