Rare sighting of zelij in London

Despite being one of the most aesthetically pleasing methods of covering a surface, zelij seems hardly to have moved out of it’s main sites of origin of Morocco and southern Spain.

Certainly I never see anything in London that resembles it in public spaces – we get stuck with very ordinary tiling patterns on the whole – but this morning I spotted an interesting manhole cover, with a pattern not unlike the central stars of many a zelij pattern:

zelijplate

Borough High St, London, SE1

I don’t think the Moroccans would stick a rather awkward square in the middle though…

Excitingly you can even see it on Google Street View:
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