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Kitchen cabinets with Azulejos effect

Azulejos patterns: From ancient architecture to your modern kitchen

A staple of Portuguese (and, to a lesser extent, Spanish) architecture, Azulejos are painted tin-glazed ceramic tiles. They have been used for centuries on walls, floors, vaults and ceilings of churches, palaces, private homes and, more recently, even restaurants and public transportation stations.

Besides their aesthetic value as beautiful decorations, the Azulejo tiles also served a functional purpose in architecture by keeping the building temperature stable.

From the Romans to the Middle-East and back

The word “Azulejo” comes from the Arabic “al zulaycha” (i.e. little polished stone) and it was indeed the Arabs who first used this form of art – and then brought it to Europe - as a way to imitate Roman mosaics. The original Azulejos, which can still be seen in famous places like the Alhambra Palace of Granada (Spain), were characterized by the curvilinear, geometric and floral patterns that were so typical of the Islamic world.

Alhambra of Granada, Spain


Azulejos of Alhambra

In later centuries, the technique evolved from abstract geometries to elaborate, hand-painted representations of scenes.

Azulejos patterns in Snaidero kitchens

Today, you can bring the original Azulejos patterns into your kitchen. Snaidero’s Loft and Orange Evolution kitchen cabinetry lines have the option to include cabinet doors with geometric Azulejos, to complement other finishes and give your kitchen a unique feel.

The patterns come with an “aged”, vintage effect that adds character to the composition.

Snaidero's Loft kitchen cabinets with aged Azulejos effect

And if you want to get creative, why not accent a wall of your kitchen with a wallpaper that matches the Azulejos patterns on your kitchen cabinets?

Loft kitchen with Azulejos wallpaper