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The Art of Crafting Portuguese Tiles Using Traditional Techniques

There is tile everywhere you turn in Lisbon. It is part of the fabric of the city—an architectural and aesthetic feature covering houses, churches and train stations.Not surprisingly, the oldest working tile factory in Portugal is situated in the country’s famously tile-clad capital.

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Founded in 1741, the Sant’Anna factory has survived earthquakes, wars and fires. To this day, the company’s artisans still produce tile by hand using traditional techniques.

Having been made by hand, each tile has its own uniqueness and its own character, something we are proud of and treasure.

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These Tiles are made with a local clay, that is hand-cut into squares then they are left to completely air-dry and once dried, they are fired in an oven that reaches temperatures of 1000°C, ready then to be glazed and painted. At Sant’Anna the pattern tiles from the 17th, 18th 19th and 20th century continues to be produced totally by hand guaranteeing the quality that is characteristic of the Portuguese tiles.