Introducing Opia Design, a celebration of African design, multiculturalism and tradition. Together with their partners in Morocco, Opia brings the sophisticated art of Concrete tiles and Zellige to South Africa.
Born and raised in Belgium, the female duo behind Opia were always drawn back to their roots in Morocco where they enjoyed its flourishing artisanal culture. From their different backgrounds, they kept the best and created a space where tradition and modernity is constantly reinvented.
Sharing a common language of multiculturalism with South Africa, it felt only natural that they launch their brand here, sharing their passion for design and architecture.
All of Opia’s products are hand-made in Morocco, respectful of the materials and craftsmen who surpassed themselves to offer the best quality.
Opia has partnered with Popham Design to bring fresh wall and floor alternatives to our interiors and exteriors. Each tile is individually hand-made in Popham’s factory in Marrakech with a hydraulic-press technique that dates back over 150 years. The concept behind these creations is simple; celebrate and maintain the traditional tile-making craft, while updating it with modern patterns and colour palettes.
Zellige are the beads of the tile industry and probably the most iconic representation of Morocco. Over the years this little tile has adapted to modern interiors, imparting their luminosity on every wall and floor. Today, Ait Manos has revolutionised the installation process by creating pre assembled pieces bonded with polymers. Through this innovation, Ait and Opia facilitate the access to zellige in South Africa with endless mosaic possibilities.
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