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Old 11.06.2018, 17:17
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Finding Portuguese tiles in CH

Hi all,

We just bought a duplex. The terrace is fairly large. It has a 1.25 meter high cement wall. It is ugly. We intend to stain the cement floor to give it some life but thought it would be nice to add some color to the terrace wall in the way of colorful tiles (similar to what they do in Portugal, and I suppose Morocco).

Does anybody know where we could find such tiles in CH? I have failed in my online searh. We will be in Vevey, so Vaud or close by would be preferable.

After we locate the tiles, we'll have to find somebody that can work with the tile, but one step at a time...

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Old 11.06.2018, 17:49
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Re: Finding Portuguese tiles in CH

Sorry, don't know of any addresses.

But what I have done in similar situations is go onto the websites of the manufacturers and check out their list of authorised resellers. If they don't have such a list on the website, you can always write to them to ask.
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Re: Finding Portuguese tiles in CH

I would reverse the order of the project.

First find a Portuguese person (tiler) who can do the work. Then you let him (99.9% a him) come to you with suggestions of the tiles to use (or you show him photos from websites/magazines etc.). There are literally dozens of trucks/buses coming from Portugal to the Swiss Romand each week. Let him show you options of tiles. He will order the tiles from Portugal (at Portuguese prices), have them shipped to CH and then he will install them.

I suggest you sign up for a couple of the Swiss Romand sales sites on FaceBook. Then post the project/question. You will get more than one option/name within a day or so.

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Old 12.06.2018, 12:04
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Re: Finding Portuguese tiles in CH

Thanks both. Maybe it is best to first find a Portuguese tiler. I'm off of Facebook these days, but maybe I'll pop back on and try to find the groups you speak of.

Any hints on how to find the Swiss Romande sales sites on FB?
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Re: Finding Portuguese tiles in CH

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Be sure to formulate your request clearly so people know where the project will be, what you need (outside, number of m2, Portuguese tiles, tiler etc.) and the steps that will be taken. You can also ask for recommendations from members on who they would suggest.
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Re: Finding Portuguese tiles in CH

Oh boy oh boy, a thread about Portuguese and construction all in one!

First things first: what do you consider colourful Portuguese tiles? Because if there is one thing Portugal is known for is for tiles. As in, we have so much choice it's impossible to even understand what you are going for.

As in, the Throne Room in the Topkapı Palace, which is supposed to flabbergast any guest, is a mere "meh" from the people from the other corner of the mediterranean...

Without knowing what exactly you are looking for, hard to help you.

Secondly - depending on what you are looking for, you can get them directly from producers inPortugal, or get similar stuff from Swiss companies. Prices vary as much as a piece of string.

A tiler will most likely have 0 idea on how to get the tiles, because they are usually just given the boxes and told where to place them. The whole ordering/ searching/ choosing doesn't come from the tiler himself, but most likely from a third company.
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Re: Finding Portuguese tiles in CH

Thanks for the input all. I'm not going full Alhambra crazy with it. I don't think I could look at that out my window all day. More like a textured tile (for example)

https://www.euromkii.com/content/ask...e-effect-tiles

but with a few 4 tile patterns in random places.

https://www.euromkii.com/category/im...f-tiles?page=3

I'll check out the Facebook groups and consider seeing if it best to order them myself. But I think I should at least make sure I can find somebody willing to do the tilework before I order it.
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Thanks for the input all. I'm not going full Alhambra crazy with it. I don't think I could look at that out my window all day. More like a textured tile (for example)

https://www.euromkii.com/content/ask...e-effect-tiles

but with a few 4 tile patterns in random places.

https://www.euromkii.com/category/im...f-tiles?page=3

I'll check out the Facebook groups and consider seeing if it best to order them myself. But I think I should at least make sure I can find somebody willing to do the tilework before I order it.

Alhambra is in Spain.....

But anyway, the tiles you are linking to are not particularly special looking. Have you checked first with tile companies around? They usually have books and a variety of suppliers. You could get that style in Spanish, Italian or Portuguese tiles.

Go visit some of them especially if you really don't need that many.

Even Hornbach has these which are quite cute and trendy:

https://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Carrela...9/article.html
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I know Alhambra is in Spain. I've even been there! I don't see a huge difference between the Northern African style tiles and Portuguese. I'm pretty sure the Portuguese tiles are heavily influenced from when the Northern Africans were in Portugal. Most online sites seem to carry both. I can't really tell the difference, but maybe the Portuguese and Africans can. I was using the term "Portuguese" because we were inspired to do this after we visited Portugal last October. So, my choice to use "Portuguese" is just arbitrary and based on the last place I visited

I'll check out Hornbach. Any idea what a tile store would be called on the French side (and German side)?
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There isn't usually a tile store per se, they are usually available in companies that also offer bathroom equipment. You can also import them directly from a tile company in Portugal, which might be much cheaper, but you will have to count on the import fees.

Companies that sell tiles in Switzerland are usually all rounders, that sell everything related to wet rooms (kitchen and bathrooms). For example:

https://www.baubedarf-richner-miauto...hoener-wohnen/

To find the closest one to you, just google "keramikplatten schweiz". It should bring you to a map showing the closest warehouses.

If you are looking for the engraved abstract tiles, you will have difficulty finding them in the likes of Hornbach, as they are a little more specialised. If you are dead set on that kind of tile, your best bet is really a specialised store or import.

And yes, though the Portuguese tiles have a heavy influence from the Arab tiling, that influence was in 711, so we kinda did have 1300 years to meanwhile develop our own style. There is a pretty big difference between them. Not trying to be pedantic here, but it's a topic that touches me kinda personally because I was born in a city which is proudly known for its tiling (to the point of having to face tile smugglers not a joke).

I absolutely love tiles. It's a personal fight in my office because the regular Swiss client has 0 taste when it comes to tiles.

I would highly advise you to visit an exhibition before you place an order - seeing the tiles is extremely important.

Also, be careful to mix the busy abstract tiles with enough unicolour ones, otherwise it will look catastrophic.
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I know Alhambra is in Spain. I've even been there! I don't see a huge difference between the Northern African style tiles and Portuguese. I'm pretty sure the Portuguese tiles are heavily influenced from when the Northern Africans were in Portugal. Most online sites seem to carry both. I can't really tell the difference, but maybe the Portuguese and Africans can. I was using the term "Portuguese" because we were inspired to do this after we visited Portugal last October. So, my choice to use "Portuguese" is just arbitrary and based on the last place I visited

I'll check out Hornbach. Any idea what a tile store would be called on the French side (and German side)?
I was teasing. But the traditional 'Portuguese tiles' I thought you were looking for were the blue ones painted with figues, complicated designs, which is what I think of when someone says specifically 'Portuguese tiles'. Those would in fact be much more difficult to source outside of Portugal.


The style you actually want is much more common.

Hornbach doesn't have a lot of this style. But they had the one above which is cute and might do the trick. They had it in blue a while ago. Now I see only grey which is not as fun.

Look for 'carrelage vevey' (or other city). I can look for you later after work.
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Yeah. that's what I assumed too.

I don't know about Portugal, but in Spain tile painting is relatively popular. There is still a number of small companies and even individual artists who master the old technique and style and will make stuff to order. And probably not as expensive as you might expect

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The style you actually want is much more common.

Hornbach doesn't have a lot of this style. But they had the one above which is cute and might do the trick. They had it in blue a while ago. Now I see only grey which is not as fun.

Look for 'carrelage vevey' (or other city). I can look for you later after work.
You can probably even get stuff on ebay or amazon, providing you only need a relatively small quantity.
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Since it is for outdoor use I would look here.

http://www.creabeton.ch/fr/
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Since it is for outdoor use I would look here.

http://www.creabeton.ch/fr/
Creabeton has mostly, well, concrete and fiber-cement tiles. On various levels of pastel browns-greys, some anthracite, but it's not what the Op is looking for.

Colourful ceramic tiles are also great for outside, you just need to make sure they are frost-resisting. If for the floor, a little texture is mandatory.
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Maltese (and some Italian) tiles are also bright/colourful.
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Colourful ceramic tiles are also great for outside, you just need to make sure they are frost-resisting.
Very important this. Brought some decorative tiles back from Spain once. They were really nice hand painted ones. We bought them from a woman who not only painted them all by hand but also had her own kiln. She assured us they were totally frost resistant. Turned out they weren't. I guess a Spanish frost is a bit different to a Swiss frost.
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