Thursday, October 1, 2015

Travel Souvenir part II

Next in line to the Travel Souvenir series is Azulejos from Goa!

Azulejos are hand painted ceramic tiles that comes in bold colours especially  in blue color.I am sure you will fall in love with their pretty designs. Azulejos are actually of Portuguese origin but as Goa adopted these beauties over time, Goa has become popular for these tiled beauties- Azulejos.

Apart from the cosy & warm Goan architecture, these tiles represent the old world charm and spirit of true Goa.Classically, it is a square plaque of ceramic material, one side of which is decorated and glazed. They were primarily introduced as decoration over flat plastered surfaces, floors, walls and even ceilings.Blue and white combination of azulejos are the most preferred ones though you can have them in yellow,green and some other variants too!
There are many stores that custom make these tiles according to one's colour,size and design specification.
Mario Miranda's tiles found in Velha Goa Galleria

Ineresting Fact: The word Azulejos stems from the Arabic word 'Zellige' meaning little polished stone contrary to the popular belief  that it stemmed from the portuguese word Azule meaning 'blue'

Next time you are in Goa do not miss your chance to own a piece of Goa.

Some places where you can buy Azulejos are:

Azulejos De Goa | Zarina Towers, St. Inez, Panjim, Goa | +91 982 2976867 / 985 093 0253
De Goa Ceramics | Almeida Ville, off Braganza Pereira Road, behind Vishal Bldg., St. Inez, Panjim, Goa 403 001 | +91 832 2420812 / 832 2422149
Velha Goa Galleria | House No. 191 Rua de Ourem, Fontainhas, Panjim, Goa | +91 832 2426628
Barefoot | House No. 1/26, 31st January Road, Panjim, Goa | +91 997 0939277 / 832 2436815
Hope this helps. To read the previous Travel souvenir series go to Kavad art
Image courtesy: Pinterest


Ruby's Palette - an Art Page said...

Thanks for sharing, lovely post !

meg said...

Interesting read about azulejos art. This blue and white combo on tiles is my favourite. Similar blue-white porcelain pottery is found in China and Europe too? Are the two connected in some way?

Sangitha Aanand said...

Meghana, There is Delftware or Delft pottery that became very famous in many countries in Europe in early 16th century.Ideally these were in blue and white colours that were glazed to get the effect and these were practiced not only in bowls & dishes but also on tiles.
And since Portuguese influence existed strongly in Goa, Azulejos must have become popular.

Sangitha Aanand said...

Thanks Ruby,Glad you liked it!

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