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Brazilian Tile Photos - Photos of Tiles in Brazil


 

Lush. Bright. Bold. Brazil is awash in color and flavor, from the Amazon's jungles to the urban scene of S„o Paulo. The cement tiles that line floors and walls around the city do much to add to that visual bonanza. Known as ladrilhos hidrŠulicos, Brazil's cement tiles were first manufactuered by small factories scattered around the country. The industry has shrunk over the decades but the passion for vivid cement tiles remains in Brazil.

Whether you're in Brazil for Carnival or another time, be sure to check out the cement tiles around the country. Take photos and be sure to share them with us.

 
A Quick Trip Yields a Cement Tile Discovery
 
A Quick Trip Yields a Cement Tile Discovery
 

A playful cement tile (ladilho hidrŠulico) design in green, red and grey graces this road stop en route to Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Placed atop the cement floor tiles is a rustic wooden cart laden with cheeses, jams, beers and other delicacies Mineiras.

 
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A Closer Look at Some Cement Tile
 
A Closer Look at Some Cement Tile
 

Close up, it's apparent that this playful cement tile (ladrilho hidrŠulico) found en route to Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, Brazil is not of great quality. This is apparent from the extensive holes and scratches, irregular pour lines, and chipped edges.

 
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Cement Tiles Create a Bold Three-Dimensional Effect in Tiradentes
 
Cement Tiles Create a Bold Three-Dimensional Effect in Tiradentes
 

This residential outdoor corridor in the historic city of Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, Brasil possesses a classic, lively three-dimensional design in calming neutrals. The cement tile (ladrilho hidraulico) border provides an excellent match to the cube pattern at this Tiradentes home.

 
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A Traditional Cement Tile Design in Tiradentes
 
A Traditional Cement Tile Design in Tiradentes
 

This traditional diamond-star patterned cement tile (ladrilho hidrŠulico) was spotted at a retirement home in the historic city of Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, Brasil.

 
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Vivid Cement Wall Tiles in Tridentes
 
Vivid Cement Wall Tiles in Tridentes
 

Colorful cement tile (ladrilho hidraulico) panels line the wall at this popular restaurant in the historic city of Tiradentes in Minas Gerais, Brasil.

 
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Columns Covered in Cement Tile Add Color to a Tridentes Restaurant
 
Columns Covered in Cement Tile Add Color to a Tridentes Restaurant
 

Red, green and white decorative cement tile (ladrilho hidraulico) columns accent the walls lined with old painted wooden boards at this popular restaurant in the historic city of Tiradentes in Minas Gerais, Brasil.

 
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More Concrete Wall Tiles for a Tiradentes Restaurant
 
More Concrete Wall Tiles for a Tiradentes Restaurant
 

More colorful cement tile (ladrilho hidraulico) panels line the wall at this popular restaurant in the historic city of Tiradentes in Minas Gerais, Brasil.

 
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A Patchwork of Cement Tiles Points the Way
 
A Patchwork of Cement Tiles Points the Way
 

And should you need a bit of fresh air, the lively cement tile (ladrilho hidraulico) path will lead you straight to the back patio at the Cia do Boi restaurant in Tiradentes, MG, Brazil.

 
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Lively Tile Designs Are Nearly Always Underfoot!
 
Lively Tile Designs Are Nearly Always Underfoot!
 

Patterned cement tile (ladrilho hidraulico) patchwork rugs pop up as colorful accents throughout the Cia do Boi restaurant in Tiradentes, MG, Brazil.

 
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Color and Light in a Brazil Restaurant
 
Color and Light in a Brazil Restaurant
 

This long panel of cement tile (ladrilho hidraulico) medallions provides both color and light in the Cia do Boi restaurant in Tiradentes, MG, Brazil.

 
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Patchwork Tile Designs in Brazil
 
Patchwork Tile Designs in Brazil
 

This furniture store in Tiradentes, MG, Brasil, continues the Brazilian love affair with cement tile "patchwork" - combining single decorative and solid color tiles (ladrilhos hidraulicos) to create a colorful burst of energy.

 
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A Feast for the Eyes and Stomach in Brazil
 
A Feast for the Eyes and Stomach in Brazil
 

These elegant, two-colored cement tiles (ladrilhos hidraulicos) provide a warm and welcoming backdrop for a delicious breakfast buffet at the Pousada do Ouvridor in the historic city of Ouro Preto in Minas Gerais, Brasil.

 
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In Brazil, Abstract Floral Cement Tiles
 
In Brazil, Abstract Floral Cement Tiles
 

This inviting concrete hearth surrounded by abstract floral decorative cement tiles (ladrilhos hidraulicos) provides a feast for eyes and nose. See it yourself at Villa Itatiaia Restaurante in the small town of Itatiaia near Ouro Branco in the state of Minas Gerais, Brasil.

 
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Sweet Cement Tiles in a Bathroom
 
Sweet Cement Tiles in a Bathroom
 

A few more cement tiles (ladrilhos hidraulicos) decorate the backsplash in this bathroom in the Villa Itatiaia Restaurante, located in the small town of Itatiaia near Ouro Branco in the state of Minas Gerais, Brasil.

 
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A Colorful Cement Tile Carpet
 
A Colorful Cement Tile Carpet
 

This Rio de Janeiro clothing shop (loja) welcomes customers with a large cement tile (ladrilho hidraulico) rug. The rug sports six different tile designs, plus a surrounding border of matching solid colored tiles. Photo credit: FabrŪcio Alves Vieira

 
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The Patchwork Tiles of Rio
 
The Patchwork Tiles of Rio
 

These patchwork decorative cement tiles (ladrilhos hidraulicos) send a cheerful message of "anything goes" to prospective shoppers at this clothing store in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Photo credit: FabrŪcio Alves Vieira.

 
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A Bird's Eye View of Some Fantastic Cement Tile
 
A Bird's Eye View of Some Fantastic Cement Tile
 

Great pastry and fabulous concrete tiles are hard to resist. Here are new photos of the elaborate, historic cement tiles (aka ladrilhos hidraulicos or encaustic tiles) at the Confeitaria Colombo in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Photo credit: FabrŪcio Alves Vieira

 
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Treats and Cement Tiles Too Good to Refuse
 
Treats and Cement Tiles Too Good to Refuse
 

Great pastry and fabulous concrete tiles are hard to resist. Here are new photos of the elaborate, historic cement tile (aka ladrilhos hidraulicos or encaustic tiles) installations at the Confeitaria Colombo in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Photo credit: FabrŪcio Alves Vieira

 
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Tiles Good Enough to Eat
 
Tiles Good Enough to Eat
 

This elaborate tile design looks like it could almost be a cake decoration instead of a hand-poured cement tile (aka ladrilho hidraulico or encaustic tile). See the tile installation for yourself at the Confeitaria Colombo in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Photo credit: FabrŪcio Alves Vieira.

 
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Cement Tiles and Pasties. What Could Be Sweeter?
 
Cement Tiles and Pasties. What Could Be Sweeter?
 

Mmmmm, yummy cement tiles (ladrilhos hidraulicos) and, oh yes, pastries. Welcome to the Confeitaria Colombo in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil and it's amazing historic concrete tile installations.

 
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Cement Tile for the Bar
 
Cement Tile for the Bar
 

Here's the wrap around bar with a wrap around historic cement tile installation (Ladrilho Hidraulico) at the Confeitaria Colombo in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

 
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Historic Brazilian Cement Tiles in Amazonias Shop in Ouro Preto
 
Historic Brazilian Cement Tiles in Amazonias Shop in Ouro Preto
 

Maybe it's just that the shop is named for the Amazons, but I could swear these historic cement tiles could fly. There is something so flight-inspiring about the interlacing shades and colors on the cement tile floors in the Amazonias shop in Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

 
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Rich cement tiles in Amazonias shop in Ouro Preto
 
Rich cement tiles in Amazonias shop in Ouro Preto
 

In a shop inspired by the Amazons, the historic Brazilian cement tiles do their part to add color and life to the scene. Look for Amazonias in Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

 
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A Cheery Historic Cement Tile Floor at this Pousada in Ouro Preto
 
A Cheery Historic Cement Tile Floor at this Pousada in Ouro Preto
 

This lively traditional cement tile design adds color and life to Pousada Solar Nossa Senhora das Merces in the beautiful town of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

 
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Brazilian Historic Cement Tiles that Fit the Location to a Tea
 
Brazilian Historic Cement Tiles that Fit the Location to a Tea
 

This lovely and tasty Cafe Geraes in Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil has the perfect historic cement tile floors to go with fine food and drink.

 
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Classy Black, Grey, White and Red Historic Cement Tiles
 
Classy Black, Grey, White and Red Historic Cement Tiles
 

These historic Brazilian cement tiles fit the mood of this elegant Cafe Geraes in Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

 
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Theater Foyer with Playful Brazilian Cement Tiles
 
Theater Foyer with Playful Brazilian Cement Tiles
 

These worn but intriguing historic Brazilian cement tiles grace the foyer of this community theater in Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

 
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Chic Modern Cement Tile Sidewalk in Sao Paolo, Brazil
 
Chic Modern Cement Tile Sidewalk in Sao Paolo, Brazil
 

This sidewalk does all of the walking for you with its lively pattern of alternating straight and zigzag lines in these chic, modern cement tiles in Sao Paolo, Brazil. For the entire length of this short street, the sidewalks are paved with this same hypnotising pattern. Lining these cement tile sidewalks are a group of fancy Italian restaurants and boutiques.

 
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Kebab Solonu in Sao Paolo Greets You with Cement Tile Quilt
 
Kebab Solonu in Sao Paolo Greets You with Cement Tile Quilt
 

Not exactly a historic venue, we have included the entrance to the Kebab Solonu restaurant in Sao Paolo, Brazil as a fine example of what the Brazilians refer to as patchwork of ladrilhos hidrŠulicos (cement tiles).

 
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Geometric Historic Cement Tile in the Foyer of the Casa do Amarelindo
 
Geometric Historic Cement Tile in the Foyer of the Casa do Amarelindo
 

Because Brazil has such incredible natural store resources, many historic installations of cement tiles in Brazil combine cement tile with natural stone. The historic cement tile in this Foyer of the Casa do Amarelindo serves as a spectacular accent.

 
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Geometric Historic Cement Tile in the Entry to Casa do Amarelindo Restaurant
 
Geometric Historic Cement Tile in the Entry to Casa do Amarelindo Restaurant
 

This classic European geometrical design looks terrific almost anywhere, including in this entryway hall leading into the Casa do Amarelindo Restaurant in the Pelourinho district of Salvador do Bahia, Brazil.

 
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Patchwork Cement Tile Floor in Salvador do Bahia, Brazil
 
Patchwork Cement Tile Floor in Salvador do Bahia, Brazil
 

This is a great example of a Brazilian favorite: patchwork cement tiles.

 
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Vibrant Cement Tile in Entryway in Salvador do Bahia
 
Vibrant Cement Tile in Entryway in Salvador do Bahia
 

In this usual combination of field and border cement tiles, both the circles and the stars link and loop together. These historic Brazilian cement tiles (ladrilhos hidrŠulicos) were probably hand made in Bahia, Brazil.

 
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Elegant Stylized Cement Tiles in Santa Teresa Cafe in Rio, Brazil
 
Elegant Stylized Cement Tiles in Santa Teresa Cafe in Rio, Brazil
 

Probably not too historic, these cement tiles at a cafe in Santa Teresa have a distinctly modern elegance. A fine example of Brazilian hand made cement tile.

 
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Porc„o Restaurant in Rio Plays with Cement Tiles
 
Porc„o Restaurant in Rio Plays with Cement Tiles
 

Porc„o Restaurant's renown in Rio stems from the sizable portions of meat served there. The whimsical cement tile (ladrilhos hidrŠulicos) on its floors and walls are similarly outsized.

 
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Porc„o Restaurant in Rio Plays with Cement Tile Floor Medallions
 
Porc„o Restaurant in Rio Plays with Cement Tile Floor Medallions
 

Playing with color and shape at Porc„o Restaurant in Rio. The cement tile installations run the gamut from traditional styles to modern to more rustic. A large medallion in the floor features simple triangles and feather-like forms.

 
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Porc„o Restaurant in Rio Plays with Cement Tiles on Bathroom Wall
 
Porc„o Restaurant in Rio Plays with Cement Tiles on Bathroom Wall
 

The cement tile extravaganza extends beyond the main spaces at Porc„o Restaurant and into the bathrooms. Even there, the patterns and colors go bold and bigóthe overscale sail motif makes you feel practically giddy.

 
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and a Cement Tile bathroom countertop to match at Porc„o Restaurant in Rio
 
and a Cement Tile bathroom countertop to match at Porc„o Restaurant in Rio
 

Countertops in the bathrooms at Porc„o Restaurant in Rio get the cement tile treatment, too. Even with three very different patterns, the effect is bright and harmonious.

 
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Porc„o Restaurant in Rio plays with Cement Tiles on Mirrors
 
Porc„o Restaurant in Rio plays with Cement Tiles on Mirrors
 

Porc„o Restaurant in Rio plays with cement tiles (ladrilhos hidrŠulicos) on its floors and walls...and mirrors. Like the giant portions of meat they serve, Porc„o lives large with its whimsical cement tile creations.

 
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Cafe in Rio with Patchwork Cement Tile Counter
 
Cafe in Rio with Patchwork Cement Tile Counter
 

Patchwork cement tile (ladrilho hidrŠulico) at the entrance to a cafe in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 
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Discreet Modern Cement Tile on Upscale Praia Flamingo Apartment Building in Rio
 
Discreet Modern Cement Tile on Upscale Praia Flamingo Apartment Building in Rio
 

Discreet modern cement tile (ladrilho hidrŠulico) on exterior walls of an upscale Praia Flamingo apartment building in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 
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Discreet Modern Cement Tile on Exterior Walls of Tony Praia Flamingo Apartments, Rio de Janeiro
 
Discreet Modern Cement Tile on Exterior Walls of Tony Praia Flamingo Apartments, Rio de Janeiro
 

Discreet modern cement tile (ladrilho hidraulico) on exterior walls of an upscale Praia Flamingo apartment building in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 
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Iglesia da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro with Intricate Cement Tiles
 
Iglesia da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro with Intricate Cement Tiles
 

Elaborate geometrical patterns of historic cement tiles (ladrilho hidraulico) in subtle shades of grey at this church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 
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Iglesia da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro with Varied Cement Tiles
 
Iglesia da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro with Varied Cement Tiles
 

Varied geometrical patterns of historic cement tiles (ladrilho hidraulico) in subtle shades of grey, accented occasionally by vermillion, at this church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 
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Iglesia da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro with Intricate Cement Tiles
 
Iglesia da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro with Intricate Cement Tiles
 

Elaborate geometrical patterns of historic cement tiles (ladrilho hidraulico) in subtle shades of grey, accented occasionally by vermillion, at this church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 
  Tags: Brazil
 

 
 
Close Up of Elaborate Cement Field Tile at Confeitaria Columbo, Rio
 
Close Up of Elaborate Cement Field Tile at Confeitaria Columbo, Rio
 

Close up of elaborate cement field tile (ladrilho hidraulico) at Confeitaria Columbo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 
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Elaborate Threshold Border Cement Tile at Confeitaria Columbo, Rio
 
Elaborate Threshold Border Cement Tile at Confeitaria Columbo, Rio
 

Elaborate threshold border cement tile (ladrilho hidraulico) at Confeitaria Columbo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 
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Elaborate Cement Field Tile (ladrilho hidraulico) at Confeitaria Columbo, Rio
 
Elaborate Cement Field Tile (ladrilho hidraulico) at Confeitaria Columbo, Rio
 

Elaborate cement field tile (ladrilho hidraulico) - and pastries - at Confeitaria Columbo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 
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Confeitaria Columbo with Historic Cement Tiles in Rio de Janeiro
 
Confeitaria Columbo with Historic Cement Tiles in Rio de Janeiro
 

Confeitaria Columbo with intricate historic cement tiles (ladrilhos hidraulicos) in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 
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Cement Tile in Cafeina Cafe in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
 
Cement Tile in Cafeina Cafe in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
 

Thousands upon thousands of feet have worn character into a patterned cement tile floor in the Cafeina Cafe, Copacabana, Rio de Janiero.

 
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Patchwork Cement Tile Floor in Cafeina Cafe, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
 
Patchwork Cement Tile Floor in Cafeina Cafe, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
 

A wild and whimsical patchwork cement tile floor in Cafeina Cafe, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 
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