There's a really nice piece on CBS news Sunday Morning programabout the role of ceramic tiles in Portugese society.
Credit: Positively Portugal: Featuring an Azulejos tile
Portugal's long love affair with ceramic tiles dates back centuries. Loaded with symbolic references to the country's past, the tiles reflect its rich culture. The tiles carrying meaning within a culture through sharing a country's collective history, values, ideals, and social order. We might, then, only see the art in the tiles, but there is much more than meets the eye.
Here are few sites featuring the Azulejos tiles: