use of glazed, painted tiles called “Azulejos”, can be seen across old
churches and homes in Goa. Azulejos was introduced
in Portugal through Arab influence in the 8th century and the word
'Azulejos' is derived from Arabic meaning both smooth and blue. These
tiles were introduced in Goa during Portugese times and the production of these
painted tiles continue today using both
traditional and modern techniques.
and yellow were the favored color combinations for the tiles which depicted mainly
floral patterns and religious scenes though now all colours and several new
themes are painted.
tiles are painted in differing color shades and fired in an oven to fuse the color pigments permanently with the
tile. Such tiles are used to
decorate the entrance walls. The old tiles can be seen at the Menezes
Braganza hall in Panjim painted by Jorge Colaco, in the Old Goa church in
Chinchinim in South Goa and in the several other places.
The process followed is that the clay tile
base is first prepared, it is then fired at 1200o centigrade temperature. It is then glazed and painted
on with ceramic colors and fired again at 1200oc
to fuse the color pigments with the tile.
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