Azulejo - The Art of Portuguese Ceramic Tiles

When someone mentions Portugal, a few things come to mind: Port wine, Lisbon, seafood, surfing, and … azulejos! Even visitors who aren’t familiar with the term may see images of these glazed, ceramic tiles in their mind’s eye. Deeply embedded in Portugal’s history and culture, there are countless wonderful examples of these beautiful tiles.

These Tiles (called azulejos) are everywhere in Portugal. They decorate everything from walls of churches and monasteries, to palaces, ordinary houses, park seats, fountains, shops, and railway stations. They often portray scenes from the history of the country, show its most ravishing sights, or simply serve as street signs, nameplates, or house numbers. 

They became an art form, and by the 18th century no other European country was producing as many tiles for such a variety of purposes and in so many different designs. Today, they still remain a very important part of the country's architecture... 

Take a look at some of our own archival designs inspired by these elaborately painted Portuguese tiles.  

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 Chapel of Souls (Igreja Cappella Das Almas) Porto, Portugal

Chapel of Souls (Igreja Cappella Das Almas) Porto, Portugal

 Lisbon Portugal city scape 

Lisbon Portugal city scape 

 Hotel  Palácio Belmonte  Lisbon, Portugal

Hotel Palácio Belmonte Lisbon, Portugal

 Axminster- CX01177-7

Axminster- CX01177-7

 Building facade Porto, Portugal

Building facade Porto, Portugal

 Pestana Palace Lisboa - Hotel & National Monument

Pestana Palace Lisboa - Hotel & National Monument

 Axminster- GX10428-9

Axminster- GX10428-9

 Restaurant Taberna da Rua das Flores Lisbon, Portugal

Restaurant Taberna da Rua das Flores Lisbon, Portugal

 Azulejo tiles - Barcelos, Portugal

Azulejo tiles - Barcelos, Portugal

 Cascais, Portugal 

Cascais, Portugal