Tile is found throughout Costa Rica.
Tile that particularly fascinates me is often in and around houses.
Here’s some tile from a house entry area in San José.
Some tiles are in public places…
To what is this shrine dedicated?
One day we met up with some friends at a “Soda” restaurant for a drink. I looked down and noticed these tiles. I’d never seen this on tiles before. The top glaze is hand-done graining, most likely made with a soft rubber comb.
You can find this type of “marbled” tile in older places. This is from a house in the Aranjuez district. It comes in various colors. I’d never seen this yellow before.
Some tiles get fancy.
And at the Muséo Nacional, there are some spectacular examples of “fancy”.
Here’s a place to sit under cover.
A room of trompe l’oeil geometric patterns.
Don’t trip on the sharp “edges”!
Next, shaped tiles nest to create lines and waves.
I’m always floored by these floors.