Azulejos (Tiles) 2017

Tile is found throughout Costa Rica.

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Doorsteps, Calle 19, San José, 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.

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House entry area, Calle 19, San José, Costa Rica. Near the Parque Nacional. 

Some tiles are in public places…

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Tile work on a small “shrine” near an old landmark. Corner of Parque España. 

To what is this shrine dedicated?

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Dedicated to the old National Distillery. 

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.

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Hand-grained tile. In a restuarant, San José.

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.

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Parking area, San José home. Years of waxing have given this tile a fabulous sheen. 

Some tiles get fancy.

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Entry area tiling. 

And at the Muséo Nacional, there are some spectacular examples of “fancy”.

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Tile, Muséo Nacional.

Here’s a place to sit under cover.

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A room of trompe l’oeil geometric patterns.

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Don’t trip on the sharp “edges”!

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Next, shaped tiles nest to create lines and waves.

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Escherian tiles, Muséo Nacional. 

I’m always floored by these floors.

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