Melanie Royals

Azulejos: Portuguese Tiles

Azulejos, traditional Portuguese tiles, are a highly recognizable expression of Portuguese culture and a great contribution to the world’s artistic heritage. The ceramic techniques and glazing methods were adapted during the centuries long ago when Christian and Islamic-Moorish cultures coexisted on the Iberian peninsula on the Western edge of Europe. It was there that the idea of combining large amounts of glazed-tile decor with architecture was adopted and developed with amazing abandon.

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I have had this book on Portuguese decorative tiles on my bookshelf for some time now. It is the kind of book where you wish you could just walk right into the pages. Just by looking you can experience the coolness of the glazed tiles under your hand, stand in centuries old rooms, and smell the flowers and orange blossoms in the garden. My wish for this will be coming true this April when I visit the lovely little country of Portugal for the first time while on my honeymoon. I will be visiting many of these very spots in Lisbon and Sintra. I can already smell the old plaster walls and the flowers…..

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11 comments

  1. The moroccan-spanish-portugese connection is pretty amazing. Beautiful!

  2. Beautiful! My fave is the house with the exterior tiles…what a beauty to come home to. I hope you have a wonderful time in Portugal!

  3. Melanie

    I know Pam-they have many Moorish castles there that I’m looking forward to visiting. I just can’t get enough of that design style. Regina-it’s like a fairy tale, isn’t it??

  4. Gorgeous pictures, what a timely post, I’m off to Lisbon for the first time in April too, I absolutely love the moorish influence on design in southern Spain and Portugal, I visited the Alhambra in Granada a couple of years ago which was breathtaking.

    I hope you have a fabulous honeymoon – enjoy those pasteis de nata custard tarts! x

  5. Well, if you want to see the most amazing ones, you must go to the Museu Nacional do Azulejo, (http://mnazulejo.imc-ip.pt/) in Lisbon. I’m portuguese, and I just spent my afternoon in that stunning place.

    If you want some more advice, please, feel free to do so.

    I think your work is marvellous…

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  7. I really like your collection of beautiful moroccan architecture… the colors are awesome.

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  9. I love these tiles even if I’m Portuguese…
    Thanks for showing these wonders.

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