April 20, 2006

Obscure Architectural Term of the Day!

AZULEJOS. Glazed pottery tiles, usually painted in bright colors with floral and other patterns, much used on the outsides and insides of Spanish, Portuguese, and Central and South American buildings, such work being called alicatado.

From the Penguin Dictionary of Architecture, Third Edition

Well now--you get a two-fer on that one.

Here's a great site created by Tennessee Tech prof Dr. Carol Ventura that shows the tiles and explains a bit about their history and how they are made.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at April 20, 2006 01:53 PM