While in Portugal, they have been able to travel and observe various aspects of European life and the available luxuries that are common mainly to the region. One of these is the exceptional tile that is manufactured there. The Portuguese "Azulejo" is something that no visitor to Portugal can fail to notice. The tiles are used with a liveliness that is unmatched anywhere else in Europe.
In the early 1400’s Portugal conquered what is now Morocco. It was there that the Portuguese discovered the beauty of Moorish tile. By the mid 15th century the first azulejos were made in Portugal some of which can still be seen around Lisbon. During the 17th century, Portuguese tiles were widely used in churches and palaces of kings. In the late 17th century came influences by the Italians and Flemish / Dutch and changed the way colors were used. This gave the tile the look that is prevalent today.
Today the tiles are either hand molded, or machine made, glazed and fired, then hand painted by artisan craftsmen (not by machine). After painting they are glazed and fired again so that the finish is durable. Their beauty and opulence are unsurpassed.
Tandesco is able to offer you these fine tiles at an affordable cost. The wide array of tile designs, sizes and uses are displayed throughout this web site. Let us know the room, home or office you want to enhance and we’ll help you with the design and layout, step by step.Call us at 314-220-3832 or 314-568-9596 and let’s get started!