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Shopping for Gifts Granada - Fajalauza Pottery

Published on April 29, 2019 by Susan Walker

Shopping on Holiday - Arts and Crafts

Local arts and crafts are always something to watch out for on holiday and pottery is something most people like to discover. So let’s take a look at Granada’s traditional blue and white ceramics.

At the time of the reconquest of Granada by the Catholic Kings, the Albaicín district was populated by artisans and falconers at the service of the Nazrid (Moorish) Kings. The Fajalauza Gateway gave access to the potters district and after 1492 many Muslims remained in the city and continued with their trade, designing pottery in a style that has carried through to our days.

Fajalauza tiles in the Alhambra, Granada, Andalucía

Fajalauza tiles in the Alhambra Palace in Granada

By the early 16th. Century several factories were established in the district, distributing their wares to outlying areas. The production was mainly of household crockery, pitchers, jugs, cups, plates and large dishes. Tiles, glazed roof tiles and fountains were also made. Designs were simple – flowers, birds, fruits, including the pomegranate, the symbol of Granada, and geometric motifs. Colours were always glazed greens or blues on a white or off white background.

Ceramica Fajalauza, casarural Valle de Lecrín Granadac

Fajalauza pottery jar in the family bathroom at Casa Tagomago

All this can still be seen today and the pottery is still made by artisans from family potteries established in XVI century, such as the Morales family of Fajalauza Ceramics, who have been connected with this pottery since 1517. Other family names that are still producing Granada’s typical pottery are Alonso, Cebrian, Herrera, Martinez, Moreno, Puertollanos, Serón…we hope the tradition continues, although in present times these craftsmen are struggling to maintain their art.

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Visit this wonderful shop in front of the cathedral

If you like arts and crafts, a piece of Fajalauza pottery would make a good souvenir. We suggest you visit Miguel Muñoz, the small shop on the corner of the Plaza de las Pasiegas, in front of the cathedral in Granada. You’ll find a wide choice of traditional pieces together with more modern creations. We find his prices very competitive.

Meet The Author
Hello everyone, I'm Susan Walker. Until retirement my husband, Frutos and ran toy shops in Ibiza where we have been living for over 50 years. We bought our holiday property, Casa Tagomago in 2005 as a retirement project, landing ourselves with a full restoration to boot....which we thoroughly enjoyed. We designed the house for carefree and comfortable holidays, retaining the village style and traditional building methods. Since 2007 we have welcomed visitors from all over the world. Like us they all love the location, the authentic village life and the proximity to nature. Although we are not in the vicinity, we take our guests comfort and enjoyment very seriously and have an excellent local team to take care of everything. We are very much involved albeit by email, text message, phone or the wonderful WhatsApp. Welcome to Casa Tagomago in Restábal!
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