Have you heard of an ogee? If not, then you probably have seen one, also known as the “fish scale tile”. We see this fun geometric shape used in tile designs and patterns repeated in interiors and architectures. The shape and style is being referred to as Moroccan, however it from the Gothic English style. The shape is referred to as the “ogee drop”.

Originally, Ogee by definition, is a curve shaped somewhat like the letter S, consisting of two arcs that curve in opposite senses so that the ends are parallel (sigmoid curve).

In architecture the arch is described as two compromised mirroring ogees which meet at an apex. This typical feature stems from the English Goth Architecture, which is an iconic shape seen today in bathroom and kitchen splash back designs. What happened in context to the 12th century European Gothic style and how does it fit into the Moroccan elements? Somewhere along the time line the context got lost and misinterpreted. However there are comparable characteristics in both architectural styles that recognize similar geometrics.

The ogee tile can be used in various design styles, especially to add texture, colour and depth to any wall or floor. Use it in the kitchen as a splash back (great alternative to subway tiles) either to create interest with colour or tone down a modern area with a white tile to add texture and depth.

Ogee Drop - Straight SetOgee Drop - Moroccan

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