Delft tiles, azulejo panel, majolica tiles….: bibliography

There are numerous specialized books on tiles produced in one specific place or during one period.

We recommand these four recent books because they offer a comprehensive view of the use of ceramic tiles in architecture.

Tile collections of the National Museum of Azulejos

Museum of Azulejos cover catalogue

by Joao Castel-Branco Pereira

Editions Chandeigne, Paris, 2009

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Delftware

Delft tile book cover Hans van Lemmen

by Hans van Lemmen

Anthèse, Paris 1997

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Azulejos from Portugal

book cover Azulejos from Portugal

by Rioletta Sabo & Jorge Nuno Falcato
Photographs by Nicolas Lemonnier

Editions Citadelles et Mazenod, Paris 1998

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Ceramic in Islamic architecture

Ceramic in Islamic art book cover Yves Porter

by Yves Porter & Gérard Degeorge

Flammarion, Paris 2001

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Azulejos gallery

Azulejos, Portuguese tile panels and ceramic murals: some examples below.

Middle-Ages tiles gallery

Medieval tiles, terracotta floorings, socarrat, encaustic: some examples of tile-works of the Middle-Ages

Ancient tiles

Over the years, we have gathered a very comprehensive documentation on ancient tiles, with two kinds of documents.

First, photographs of ancient tiles and tile-murals. We have, for instance, more than 2,000 images of Delft tiles, and as many of the Portuguese so-called azulejos.

Second, as artisans faithfull to the past, we find inspiration in ancient paintings, old prints and etchings, Renaissance frescoes, old masters' still lives, etc. We have hundreds of images of costumed characters, seascapes, animals, flowers, architectural elements, Roman ruins, grotesques, trophy ornaments, geometric patterns, etc. Most of these images are digitized in our image data bank.

The attached mosaics of images give merely an idea of the richness of our image bank. Just click on a group to see a larger image.

Links

INMA – Institut National des Métiers d’Art

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Official website of the French Federation for craft profesionals. They publish the official directory of Arts and Crafts in France. Almaviva is a member.

Ateliers d’Art de France

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Official website of the French Federation for ceramic and glass craft profesionals. Almaviva is a member.

Created in France

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English version of the website of the “Ateliers d’Art de France”.

Tiles on the Web

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Non-commercial website presenting tile studios, mainly in the US.

Le monde carré

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Vast collection of glazed tiles, mainly French, from the Middle-Ages to nowadays.

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The art of ceramic tiles or why the Almaviva tile studio?

Air & Earth

Water & Fire

Almaviva: the living soul.
The soul & the Holy Spirit represented by a bird;
life, by a tree of life.

Orient & Occident enriching each other.

The Almaviva tile studio is inspired by this tree of life populated
by birds brought from Persia & China
by the East India trading companies ...

Portuguese azulejo blue and white ceramic tile mural

Alicatado

The word alicatado comes from the Arabic alcâ’ât which refers to patios. An alicatado is a composition of fragments of tiles of various sizes and coulours. This technique is close to mosaic. This technique was developed and much used in Al-Andalus (modern day Spain) under the Moors. Many examples of walls covered with Mudéjar alicatados can be admired in the Alhambra of Granada or in the chapel of San Bartolomé in Cordoba.

This art of ceramic is much related to the Morrocan zellige.

alicatado similar to Morrocan zellige
An alicatado in the Alhambra of Granada.

See examples of alicatados in our gallery of zellige.

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Arista

Arista tiles are glazed ceramic tiles produced in Al-Andalus. The word arista means ridges in Spanish.

This Hispano-Moresque technique consists of stamping a tile of soft clay with a mould to create geometric patterns in relief. The ridges thus created form separate compartments which can be filled with coloured glazes.

This technique is close to cloisonné.

 

arista tiles Spain Al-Andalus Seville 

 

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Apothecary jars & Faiences gallery

Apothecary jars and ceramic tablewares: some examples

Gallery Art Nouveau

Art nouveau tiles