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For reasons of appeared mistakes, originated for the
world-wide situation of our days, we saw for this way to explain the
When we thought about a name, we wanted that it identified the activity
of the company: Ceramics and Tiles...
From there we go to the historical
and cultural research of all involving of the term tile that is part
of the Portuguese history as of the majority of the Occidental
The origin of the term raises polemics between the historians, however,
in a point they seem to agree:
The substantive Tile - Azulejo - would have had Persian origin,
root, in the adjective Lazurd (blue), that it describes a semiprecious rock,
from strong color and already then known and used - the Lápis-lazúli.
Of the adjective Lazurd, that it passed the Zul, derived the verbal form
Zulej that defines "one object polishing slippery and shining".
Of Zulej it was changed, in the North of Africa
The invasions had been given however. And theses,
in its territorial reach, had been coming across with the Latin
mosaics - as tessere - that much had impressed
them and to which they had started to call Zulij.
It was of Zulij that comes the
substantive Azzelij that, for phonetic comfort, would
have of if pronouncing Az'lij or Az-zullaiju.
It is already this form that we find in the Muslim Iberian Peninsula
until, finally in century XIII, it appears the term Tile - Azulejo
in Portuguese - in its definitive form.