Portuguese Ceramic Tile 2019

If history is any prelude, then the idea of Portuguese Ceramic Tile is in a great position to continue to influence design plans across a wide spectrum of clients. That being said, why not take a minute and understand this a little better.

In certain circles, Portuguese tiles are aligned with the idea, or material, known as azulejos. More or less, we can translate this as “Blue Tiles,” But not exactly.

The history of these tiles goes back to the 13th century. Once upon a time, the Moors were reigning most parts of Portugal and Spain. Their culture was dominant in almost everything in these soils. Art, literature, architecture, etc. The word has its root in Arabic also. It means “small polished stone” in Arabic.

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Today you can see these tiles almost everywhere in Portugal.  Portuguese people decorated churches, restaurants, bars, railway and subway stations, palaces, and homes with these tiles.

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We have discussed this previously and here are some of our prior thoughts:

What exactly are Azulejos Ceramic Tiles. We can deconstruct things a bit in order to learn more. We know that “azul” is blue in Spanish so it is fairly easy to make the connection to “blue tiles”. Be advised this term may also have an Arabic root in describing a small polished stone.”


Museu Nacional do Azulejo
Museu Nacional do Azulejo

The image immediately above, from the famous Museu Nacional do Azulejo in Lisbon, clearly indicates that Portuguese tiles are more than just blue.

Many other countries have tile art. It is used as decoration like a tapestry,” according to museum director Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos. “But in Portugal, it became a part of the building. The decorative tiles are a construction material as well as decoration.” So where does that leave us?

Azulejos Ceramic Tiles

Miradouro Portuegese Tile Collection

At the very top of this post is an example of our Miradouro Collection.  One of my colleagues described the setting and tiles as: “this wonderful sunroom designed by Patsy Perlam is truly a treat. We are happy to see our Miradouro collection tying all the elements together in harmony.”

Founded in the 1960s, Country Floors has a long and storied history of providing unique ceramic tile materials to a discerning clientele. We are continuing that tradition in Portuguese tiles. Thanks for reading.


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