Azulejos, or hand-painted tiles, are profoundly linked to the history of Portugal and truly belong to the Heritage Collection of the Portuguese Art. The ceramic paintings with blue artistic patterns hold a valuable place in the Portuguese legacy thanks to Arabs, who used ceramic tiles for as wall decorations in the ancient times; in the Renaissance period  – to Italians, who invented tin-glazed pottery – Majolica; lately – to the Dutch traditional paintings in cobalt blue. Since the 19th century, the art of Azulejo has become large-scale and high-volume in architectural use, particularly as inside and outside decor of buildings or house painting images.

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The traditional Portuguese decorative tile portrays scenes from the history as well as demonstrates panoramic views or geometric and floral motifs.

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The paintwork over tiles is a meticulous process: laying the patterns is slow and complex, therefore it requires special skills and experience.  Each master of azulejo is unique and strives to guarantee the transition of knowledge from generation to generation.

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Portuguese brand of luxury furniture Boca do Lobo plays the key role in maintaining and preserving of this knowledge transition. The brand added aesthetic concepts in the traditional craftsmanship by creating timeless furniture pieces – the Heritage Collection. Due to contemporary design, the traditional paintings embarked on a new historical epoch – the era of world legacy and heritage. Local painters created true masterpieces by applying their mastership and devotion to the creation of unique sideboards, cabinets, consoles and dining furniture.

The Heritage sideboard is the first result of their fine work. This sophisticated piece presents the whole Portuguese history through hand-painted tiles: the Great Discoveries, the greatest sailors, the greatest merchants.

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Heritage Sideboard by Boca do Lobo

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Made according to the traditional recipe, this design creation is the triumph of both handcraft and contemporary style. It gives a modern look to any dining area

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See also: Homo Faber – European Craftsmanship Celebration

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One of the most beautiful modern dining tables by Boca do Lobo – Heritage – combines gold-plated elements with sepia hand-painted tiles which serve as the leitmotif of the whole living room.

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Heritage Dining Table by Boca do Lobo

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The tiles can tell the story of any nation. The customized table by Boca do Lobo in the Fairmont Hotel portrays the story of Washington.

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The sideboard in COCOCO Restaurant in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, depicts the folklore motifs and creates a traditional Russian ambiance in this dining space together with modern dining tables, mirrors, and chandeliers.

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Azulejo technique was reborn with the new interpretation in the Heritage Collection of Boca do Lobo guaranteeing the wide-spread as well as the long life of this traditional Portuguese art.

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See also: The Art of Metalwork Behind Boca do Lobo’s Furniture

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