While you are visiting any building from late 1800 or early 1900 in Catalonia pay close attention to its floor. The tile work composing the floor, a piece of Catalan history and of handcraft tradition, is called mosaico hidraulico. These tiles have been first produced in France in mid 1800 as an alternative to marble and at the turn of the century it's use became very widespread in Catalonia. With the development of Modernismo (the Liberty style of Catalonia) the drawings in the tiles became more artistic and more beautiful so that a carpet effect could be created in each room. The drawings represented geometric, floral or vegetable forms and usually each room would have a different tile "carpet". The size of the tiles may vary but the most typical is 20×20 centimeters. The simplest designs had a drawing that was repeated and combined piece by piece. The more sophisticated designs would create a unique motif combining the different colours or drawing of the tiles like a puzzle. Mosaico idraulico has been used up to the 1960 and most recently had a very important revamp in interior decoration.
Sitges has many beautiful and elegant buildings in the old town as well as in the beach front where you can admire the architectonical style of the time and the tiles in the outside garden or in the building facades. This picture is the hall of the small and lovely hotel Noucentista in Sitges.
posted by Paola at https://www.casitasitges.com