This collection was inspired by the glazed ceramic tiles called azulejos that cover the facades of buildings throughout Portugal. Azulejos date back to the 13th century, but they secured their place in Portuguese culture during the 16th and 17th centuries, when they adorned churches, palaces, and ordinary homes. Today they are found in schools, restaurants, bars, and even subway stations.
The Antique Tiles Collection consists of six distinct geometric patterns, each of which is available in two sizes, small and large. The small size is a single square tile which can be displayed on its own or used in combination with other tiles to create larger installations, much as the azulejos are used to adorn the walls of Portugal. The large size is a rectangular piece consisting of three of the same tile pattern arranged in a row. Once framed, they can be hung horizontally or vertically.
Antique azulejos were most often blue and white, so Julia’s first antique tile designs were made using cobalt blue and white crystals. She then added dark red and white, a classic color combination that works well in both traditional and modern interiors. The tile designs appear quite modern when rendered in a neutral color palette consisting of black, white, and gray, which can all be combined in a single installation. Of course the color combinations are endless and can be created to match any décor as Julia did with the khaki and black pieces she created for her own home.