Alluring Azulejos

Last week I wrote about all the non traditional photos I took during our European trip. I shared my photos of doors and doorknockers and window. This week [part 2 of 5] – tiles and mosaics. Or azulejos as they are called in Spain and Portugal.

Some facts for those interested, tiles in Potrugal:

  • date as far back as the 13th century, when the Moors invaded land that now is Spain and Portugal
  • became part of Portuguese culture between the 16th and 17th centuries
  • the word azulejo stems from Arabic roots, meaning ‘small polished stone’. Originally they were fairly simple structures cut into geometric shapes in neutral tones.
  • Portugal’s King Manuel I visited Seville and brought the idea back, following this Portugal truly adopted this artwork into its culture.
  • antique azulejos were decorated in a simple colour palate, dominated by blues and whites
  • other colours that appeared were yellow (sometimes looking gold) and green.

Here are some of the bright and attractive tiles that caught my attention.

 

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