Our tiles are designed and handcrafted in Águeda, Portugal by craftsmen using a long lasting, natural material: clay. More precisely, recicled red clay. The tile arrived in Portugal in the year of 1498, we learned the method of manufacture and painting and the Portuguese tile became one of the strongest marks of expression of our culture.Combining craft and knowledge with contemporary designs based on geometric shapes, 3 dimensional illusions and a pale colour palette, Barro’s tiles are infused with humanity from the very begining till the end of the entire production, straight out one of our “oficinas”. Our tiles are meant to resist trends, be loved and function over a lifetime even passes onto another generation.
We take pride in the longevity of our pieces and design new colors and styles to complement existing collections not to replace them. Our process is infused with the collaboration of many people that got all together to help us create a product that would embody our inspirations and our desire to help build a more sustainable and slow-paced world.
Our tiles are meant to resist trends, be loved and function over a lifetime...
WE CREATE PERFECTLY IMPERFECT TILES.
Our textured tiles shapes have a sculpted surface, clean lines and distinct modern-era feel, which creates a stunningly unique installation every time.
Offered in different glazes each tile begins with one of Barro’s clay bodies. Next a small team of craftsmen press hand-glaze finish and fire each tile to create a versatile, beautiful and durable product that reflects the care that went into its making. Barro tile as not a common tile, and we fully embrace and even celebrate the qualities that make it so unique. It’s handled, cared for and finished by real people, and we think that’s pretty cool. No two tiles are alike. Not surprisingly this individual character can make our tile a labor of love to install. However, trust us, the end in result is well worth the effort.
OUR TILE CREATION PROCESS
Starting with the idea from imagination, inspiration or necessity
The craftmen created the shape by hand in our oficinas
The white stoneware piece is glazed
The tiles are fired in the kill getting tough and resistant
Your BARRO tile is finished
We send you the masterpiece with care so you can make the best use of it
WE BELIEVE IN TAKING TIME.
We believe in rituals and slowing down. We believe in making things with our hands and designing meaningful and beautiful products that last a lifetime and have a purpose. We believe in the strength of natural and recicled materials for a better, more sustainable future for our kids. We embrace mistakes and imperfections: they remember us that we are human.
WE WANT TO HELP YOU.
We want to be part of your life and help you design and build the place you’ll call home. We believe in collaboration between people with different backgrounds, opinions and ways to make things happen.
MADE TO ORDER.
Our tiles are made to order. Choose a design and a colour and we’ll put your order through production. And please don’t forget that each tile is unique, and therefore, has its own oh so human imperfection. And that is what we love about them. Hope you’ll love it too.
WE ARE THE FOUNDERS OF BARRO.
Our tiles represent an effort to contribute with a consistent, simple and balanced product that would perfectly embody our believes and help us move towards a more poetic – less machine – world. This is our manifesto. This is Barro.
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