Time for some tiles

2 Sep
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Carrer del Pi

As you know by now, tiles are not a rarity, here in Barcelona. I’ve showed you some before, here and here, but I’ve found more to show you, so here goes…

From that street with a profusion of tiles, I actually found another tile I had not shown you yet (above). Isn’t it cute? I don’t think it’s terribly old, but what it depicts is definitely from times past – going by the clothing style.

Also in the Barri Gòtic, behind the Cathedral courtyard, is a very beautiful patio (which I must show you some time) that belongs to the City Archives. The sign on the wall is simple and quite old, and signed by the artist who created it in traditional Delft Blue tones.

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Carrer de Santa Llucia

Much more recent, but executed in similar tones, is this house number (below). Although in this case, colourful, yet simple, flowers have been added around the edges. This style can been seen all over Spain, especially in the South, but I’m not sure where it is originally from.

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Carrer del Parlament

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Carrer del Bisbe

At first glance the above tiles may be overlooked as such, but although unglazed and without added colour, tiles they most certainly are! And exceptionally beautiful ones at that, in my opinion.

Another set of exquisite tiles (below) can be found in the same street. Easily missed, as they are at the base of a couple of balconies, I’m very glad I spotted these pretty and lush pomegranates, for they are so very beautiful!

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Carrer del Bisbe

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Passatge de l’Hospital

Two examples (above and below) of tiles used as wall covering. The ones from Passatge de l’Hospital are from a beautiful courtyard I posted about a little while ago. If you want to revisit, click here.

The ones below can be found in the winding streets of the Barri Gòtic, and remind me of the entrances to homes in Andalucía. Check out the two very kitsch, folkloric flamenco dancer tiles – cute!

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Carrer Nou de Sant Francesc

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Carrer de la Leialtad

Tiles have been put to many uses over time, and advertising has been one of those uses, as can be seen above and below. It is delightful that they are still there, perched on their walls, even if the business or school they advertised back in the day are no longer there. Have tiles been used much where you live? I’d like to see examples if it is the case!

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Travessera de Gràcia

Some naif tiles with a very rustic finish can be found in the subway hall, beneath Plaça Catalunya. Very different in style from the ‘usual’, these mid 20th Century tiles have a lot of texture and sweet, muted colours, and their style is very “in” right now. I’m lucky to have them so close to my home as I find them delighful!

Have a great weekend, everyone! See you here on Monday…

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Plaça Catalunya (subway)

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