Decorative Tagine

I’m not 100% sure what these items are, but I think they are decorative tagines, which are Moroccan serving dishes. The ones I have seen previous are not nearly as tall and elaborate as these and have been made of glazed ceramic. They are used for cooking as well as serving, but many that I have seen are just used for serving. The cone shaped top is easily lifted off and allows steam to circulate inside the cone part causing an effect like an oven. Tangines keep the food warm, moist and full of flavor. These were for sale in a shop on display in a fancy hotel on Jeddah’s Corniche which is situated along the Red Sea. I have seen them in many Saudi homes.

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14 Responses to Decorative Tagine

  1. Habeeba says:

    Wow which hotel was this in?

    • Hi Habeeba – I just remembered – it wasn’t the Sheraton on the Corniche – it was at the Intercontinental Hotel on the Corniche. There are many shops down off the lobby and it was there that I saw the tagines and the teapots.

  2. Nada says:

    Hello Susie 🙂
    Im not a new visitor to your wonderfull blog but its my first time to comment :).
    Im Moroccan so I want just to make a little clarification about the picture above: the Tagines are the small ones ( green, yellow and brown with black ) the colored and decorated ones ( yellow and green ) those are only for serving food.The ones dedicated for cooking are usulaly not decorated and not colored to stand the high temperature ( the brown with black may be used for this purpuse ).Now lets move to the big ones: usually the big ones are not for serving food they are mosly for decoration they are called “tefour” singular and “tyafer” plural.The copper one and those similar to it in shape are also used for marriages where many of them are filled by the family of the the groom with gifts for the bride.
    Last one the medieum sized red and green with gold décoration in the bakcground this one may be used for decoration or serving bread for your guest you can allso get them in smaller shapes :).
    Hope I was of help and excuse my poor English I did my best 🙂
    I enjoy reading ur blogs so keep the good work 🙂

  3. Dina says:

    Interesting about how it cooks and warms. New to me.

  4. Christy says:


    Thank you so much for sharing glimpses of your world with us!

    I’d like to have dishes like this on my table they are so pretty!


  5. Geogypsy says:

    I don’t know if I’d cook in it or not, but they sure are beautiful.

  6. Over the top fancy and ornate! (pardon the pun) I’ve never seen those before your blog posting today! Rock on Susie or Arabia!

  7. Glennis says:

    Most attractive vessels, never seen anything like them before. Would look so pretty on the table whatever the food was inside.

  8. Hilda says:

    They’re gorgeous! I wouldn’t mind having one or two of those — but will definitely have a tough time choosing from among the designs.

  9. Chiara says:

    Yes highly stylized decorative tagines, either just for decoration or for serving. The ones for cooking are much plainer, more squat in shape, and thicker clay. Le Creuset makes one in their line of cookware that is up to $200. A friend asked me about buying one, and I told her no self-respecting Moroccan homemaker would pay that price for that particular object. Most that I know use a pressure cooker for their tagine and serve it on a platter, or MAYBE in a tagine.
    I love decorative and serving tagines–especially the traditional style decorations including from Fes. I cook my tagines in Lagostina pots! LOL 🙂

  10. Bridget says:

    Beautiful and practical. I like it!

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