I love decorative Spanish roof tiles, I love the fact that these beautiful decorative pieces, are born from reusing and recycling something that otherwise would be thrown in the bin or left to deteriorate and crumble at the mercy of the andalucian heat of the summer and freezing winter temperatures. Not to say that these tiles aren’t hardy – they are. They have stood the test of time being on old cortijo roofs for decades, centuries even. However, as with all things, the need to modernise arises, an old crumbly roof needs to replaced and the beautiful, old rustic tiles from days gone by are replaced with new modern ones.
Now, there is nothing wrong with that, it is necessary even but what happens to the old ones – they get turned into decorative Spanish roof tiles of course! I have a good friend who is very, creative, skilled and artistic. She makes all manner of beautiful things, not least these hand painted and decorated roof tiles rescued from the renovation rubble of old cortijos and village houses.
The detail on these decorative Spanish roof tiles is so intricate and as well as painting them, she uses plaster to create amazing touches such as leaves climbing the walls of the house or the blinds hanging out of the window.
However, just by cleaning off a tile, treating and varnishing it will give it a new lease of life. We too have had old tiles and done just that, even drilled a few holes and made them into a light or a sconce. Recycling, upcycling, reusing, whatever the term, I think it’s great!
What I love the most is that these, what would be abandoned old tiles, are lovingly transformed into works of art to be enjoyed again by new owners in a new home. What do you think? Do you have room in your home for one?