|Azulejos (ceramic tiles) - PORTUGAL|
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Azulejos - PORTUGAL
Today I've got another card from my new postcrosser friend Claudia - she lives in Caldas da Rainha, a Portuguese city famous for the ceramic handcraft (specially for the amazing works of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, a XIX century artist) and I asked for a card showing a artistic piece from Caldas... she couldn't find one so instead she sent me this beautiful postcard that celebrate one of portuguese symbols, the 'Azulejo'. We took the Arab technological know-how and some exclusive colors with pigments we brought from the far east and creat the best ceramic tiles in the world that still today are a global reference. Thank you so much Claudia, loved this card and your message. This postcard took 6 days to arrive!
Azulejo is a form of Portuguese painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tilework. It has become a typical aspect of Portuguese culture, having been produced without interruption for five centuries. In Portugal and other Portuguese-speaking countries, azulejos are found on the interior and exterior of churches, palaces, ordinary houses, schools, restaurants, bars and even railway stations or subway stations. They constitute a major aspect of Portuguese architecture as they are applied on walls, floors and even ceilings. They were not only used as an ornamental art form, but also had a specific functional capacity like temperature control in homes.