Identifying Turkish Mosaic Lamps vs. Moroccan Lamps

Lamps are our source of light in the dark. Many people buy lamps not only for its functions but also for its beauty. There are many kinds of lamps when you consider function and aesthetics but Turkish mosaic lamps are more appealing. This is because of its history and the elegance that transforms an ordinary room into a better one.

Mosaic lamps are traditional lighting source in Turkey. It started in the Ottoman Empire where it is a symbol of wealth and civilization. Mosaic lamps were first seen in the palace. First, they used few colored glass pieces and transformed it into different forms. As time goes by, mosaic lamps became available outside the palace for decorative and domestic use.

This article will discuss the difference of Turkish mosaic lamps and Moroccan lamps.


The use of Turkish mosaic lamp is a key part in Middle Eastern decoration. It is not just about the light but the exotic and oriental feeling it gives especially having a couch, colored pillows and of course, styled rugs.

Moroccan lamps, on the other hand, are alternatively called Moorish lamps. Moroccan lamps radiate a rustic feel. The design of Moroccan lamps is an amalgamation of different Moorish culture from Persia to Africa and Europe.


What makes both lamps special? These lamps are handcrafted. This means that each piece is carefully made by a person, not a machine. Traditional mosaic lamps have different patterns like flowers and stars. The star pattern is known as the “six-point star”. The star is a basic geometric shape that comprises an intersection of two equal triangles. This is an ancient symbol that appears in many culture and religions.

In Moroccan lamps, the most popular colors used as amber and blue. There are other colors that combine energetic colors like green, orange, red and yellow.  Ancient Islamic tradition believed that decorating the lamps was a form of spiritual wisdom. Artisans are careful not to draw human figures so you will see nature patterns, symbols, and geometric shapes.

Materials used

Mosaic lamps are basically made of glass. The artisans will cut colored glass in various geometric shapes and put them together in a special design. Moroccan lamps are made of intricate brass or wrought iron metalwork. They also use colored glasses and create patterns.


These lamps are available online if you want it. You can also check nearby décor stores. If you want an authentic one, make sure that it is made from Morocco or from Turkey.  If your lamps need installing, make sure to call an expert but usually, lamps are ready for use so you won’t have any problem with the installation. Just plug it and enjoy the calm feeling it gives.

Whether it is Turkish or Moroccan lamps, the important thing is making good use of it to induce relaxation. The peaceful light that comes out of it is a brilliant choice for areas where you want to relax like your room, garden or even yoga or meditation studio.  The price varies depending on the size of the lamps and its availability.