Earrings Portugal Tile Azulejos Portuguese Geometric Aveiro and Ilhavo (see photo of actual Facades) waterproof /reversible Gift Boxed 1038

$23.00

The term Azulejo or Tile dates back to the time of Arab occupation of the Iberian Peninsula. The term "azulejo is derived from the Arab word (al zulej) which means a smooth and polished stone. It wasn't until the 16th century that the process was perfected into the tile we know today.

The city of Aveiro is known as the Venice of Portugal because of its canals and lovely hand painted and colorful boats called "moliceiros".

The city dates back to the 10th century when it was known by its first Latin name of Alavarium, literally, "a gathering place or preserve of birds." The Moors invaded and then held it until the 11th century, after which it became popular with Portuguese royalty. In the winter of 1575, a terrible storm closed the entrance to its port, ending a thriving trade in metals and tiles. The same storm also created a reef barrier at the Atlantic Ocean.

The Geometric Tiles are from Aveiro (yes, that is a clothesline crossing the front door!). They are also found on a house in Ilhavo.


The tiles are 2 cm square. WATERPROOF, lightweight and with tile design on BOTH sides! Gift box included.

All my tiles are replicas made of polymer clay where the image actually becomes part of the clay through baking. No glue is used in the process. The pieces become waterproof and scratch resistant. Due to the handmade and hand shaped nature of each tile, slight variations will occur, as no two pieces are alike.


Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

Thank you,
Atrio

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