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When looking into the origin of the tiles in Cortijo La Parra we stumbled on a stack of old tiles outside an old workshop in a nearby village. This is were it started and we wanted to know more of this mysterious workshop and its history.
It is just fascinating that machinery designed for more than a hundred years ago still is doing what it is designed for making the most beautiful floors. Of course the artisan heritage and proudness of craftsmanship also has a lot to do with the quality of the produce.
The press and the molds were mostly acquired by Dionisios Grandfather more than a 100 years ago. Senor Ruiz made floors for Cortijos and Townhouses alike. The most famous floor that still is in place is the mountain flower at the archbishops’ office in Granada.
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    The molds range from simple flowers to zellige patterns that flourished in Al Andalus at the Hispano-Moresque period. The possibilities for combinations are vast and they all turn out nice.
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    The pigments are blended with cement and goes 3-5 mm into the tile. The patterns are very durable, in fact it takes more than a couple of lifetimes to were down the patterns.
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    The ancient press produces enormous pressures to ensure solid and durable tiles.
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    The high level of craftsmanship and absence of electrical tools makes LaParra tiles unique in the world.
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    A life long practice and the craftsmanship were inherited by Dionisios grandfather. Nothing in the process has changed since the arrival of the press.
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    The tiles are stored in water for days until ready for drying in the open air for a month then they are being washed and handpolished before ready to be shipped around the world.