Thursday, February 19, 2009

Old tiles

These are some of the 19th century tiles you can find on the building walls at the main street crossing Oeiras downtown.

The portuguese word for tile is azulejo after the arabic al zulej, meaning polished stone. Arabs invaded the Iberian Peninsula in the 8th century and many words have been adapted.

31 comments:

Olivier said...

superbe série de vieilles céramiques, toute une époque, elles sont très belles.
superb series of old ceramics, an era, they are beautiful.

Marc said...

Beautiful collection of tiles you're showing off here JM. The second one from the bottom has colours similar to the ones we have here.

nobu said...

Those are wonderful art!

Lois said...

They are lovely JM! So many colors!

Jarart said...

A beautiful mosaic of old tiles! Stunning!

willow said...

WOW! These are so intricate! They could be prints.

cieldequimper said...

Yes they are beautiful. I can't resist them, though I've never been to Portugal (yet!) I have been known to scour Spanish antiques shops on the lookout for small tiles...

Lisa Wilson said...

What an amazing collection of tiles! So colorful and unique.

Tricia said...

Everyone of them are simply beautiful! I love them all & would never be able to pick just one as a favorite - who could?!!!

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Babzy said...

The tiles are beautiful , can't choose the one i like best !!!

Virginia said...

Love these tiles. I can't pick a favorite. THey are all wonderful. Thanks for letting us see so many JM!

Sharon said...

These are just beautiful and so many colors and shapes. I love this kind of tile work.

Mo said...

Portuguese tiles are the most beautiful in the world. These are wonderful

J Bar said...

They look amazing collected like that.

Jacob said...

Very interesting. I'm concerned that so many beautiful things like these tiles aren't being created anymore.

nanak said...

nice series!
love all of those

answering your question
yes. same path, same people, same day:)

asf said...

Each tile has its own beauty if we just look at it closely.

magiceye said...

oh wow! so bright and beautiful!

Saretta said...

Oh, JM, what a treat for my eyes! I love tiles like these! I had lemon-themed tiled walls put in my kitchen when we moved into this house. thanks for this post!

Joan Elizabeth said...

What a fabulous idea doing up a mosiac of mosiacs. The tiles a stunning.

Babooshka said...

I adore these. The detail and colours are terrific and a reminder that the past is often so much better.

Odi Noyola said...

^-^ Beautiful! ^-^

humanobserver said...

They are simple yet beautiful :)

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

the azulejos are just beautiful in Portugal. We brought back many tiles and ceramics from Portugal and I love looking at them in my house.

PJ said...

I wish we had an affordable tile industry here. I would tile everything!

Petrea said...

This is a great post. The close-ups on the tiles are wonderful.

Marie-Noyale said...

I finally learned the meaning of Azulejos!!
What a beautiful collection you show us!

susieofarabia said...

I love decorative tile patterns - these are amazing!

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

I have looked at these tile photo before, but I enjoyed them again today. I love azulejos.

J. said...

Tiles are indeed a special thing in Portugal. When I went to Portugal I really like them a lot and it was hard to decide which should I include in my photos - they were everywhere!