Hardcover Journal | Porto


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  • Original Art: Traditional tiles used in a house façade
  • Era: Unknown, but this style of architectural design dates to the 13th century
  • Region: Porto, Portugal

Azulejos (meaning “small polished stone”) are painted, glazed ceramic tiles that date back to 13th-century Portugal where they were used inside buildings during the Gothic period. Today, we see these decorative tiles across a wide range of buildings, from monasteries, palaces and restaurants to bars, railway stations and family homes. The design on the tiles commonly related to the building’s unique history, and the individual pieces often end up forming an elaborate mosaic.

There are countless wonderful examples of these beautiful tiles all across Portugal, many in the original blue and white colour scheme that was fashionable in the “Age of Discovery” (15th century to the late 18th century). São Bento Railway Station in Porto, the Buçaco Palace and many stops in the Lisbon Metro are among the most famous sites known for their azulejo art.

The design reproduced here is pulled from the traditional tiles gracing the façades of a variety of old houses in Porto. Ornate in detail, these tiles do not just serve as decoration but represent an important part of Portuguese culture and tradition. Held within are stories of their country and its past.

With Paperblanks’ cover design they celebrate this enduring Portuguese symbol of culture and tradition.


  • Paperblanks: Portuguese Tiles
  • 100% recycled binder boards
  • Decorative printed cover paper
  • FSC-certified text paper
  • Acid-free sustainable forest paper
  • Smyth Sewn 
  • Memento Pouch
  • Elastic Band Closure
  • Custom-Designed Laid Paper

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