A new trend in ceramics is to give their surfaces a more ornate look by adding a little glitter.
The decorative touch of the ceramic tiles in the Saudi city of Qatif is something that the country’s Ministry of Culture has started implementing.
“I think we have seen an increase in the use of the ceramic tiles, especially in the residential area,” Mohammad al-Mansour, a senior minister of culture, told ABC News.
“It is a trend that we have noticed and are trying to promote.”
Al-Mensour was referring to the popularity of the new ceramic tiles as the “Sikh trend” in the country.
The ceramic tiles, often called “carnivals” by locals, are created by the ancient Egyptian tradition and are made of a blend of ceramical minerals and a resin.
But the new trend has caught the attention of local authorities in QatIF, which is located about 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of the capital, Riyadh.
“The trend has grown since the last few years and now we have more people joining us in this trend,” said Ahmed Al-Alwani, a resident in the town of Qatar.
“A lot of people come here for the carnivals, but also for cultural events.
We love them.”
A new craze in Saudi cities has become a new crave in Saudi towns.
NPR’s Ari Shapiro reports.