Cortiço & Netos is the name of the family business founded by Joaquim José Cortiço. Between 1979 and 2013 the company gathered, stored, and sold countless discontinued lines of ceramic tiles and assorted sanitary ware from Portuguese factories.
The collection is comprised of original items manufactured from the 1960s henceforth. Unfortunately, most of the factories that produced these tiles have been shut down. However, they are milestones in the history of the Portuguese industrial tile production. Thus, the products available at C&N are unique and an invaluable testimony of the Portuguese industrial patrimony. Here are some examples of manufacturers and brands that are a part of our estate: Aleluia, Amarona, Azupal, Carvalhinho, Celena, Ceres, Ceralco, Cesol, CIC, Coimbra, Constância, Decocer, Estaco, Gresval, Loiças de Sacavém, Sanitana, Lufapo, Poceram, Revigrés, Roca, Valadares and Viúva Lamego.
We are very proud of our collection and acknowledge its historical and cultural value. Therefore, the store’s revenue is also used to fund the preservation and dissemination of the collection. Moreover, in cooperation with Portuguese universities, we wish to promote academic researches on its historical background.
Our tiles have also been used in artists, designers and architects projects.
Joaquim José Cortiço (1931-2013) was the founder of Cortiço & Netos. He came from Alentejo to Lisbon in the mid-fifties to work as a grocer and wholesaler. Twenty years later he started the business which brought him a widespread reputation: buying and selling discontinued lines of Portuguese industrial tiles. This occupation allowed him to create an enormous collection of this type of material. We owe him the preservation of such an important heritage. In 2012, Ricardo Cortiço portrayed his grandfather’s unusual trade in a documentary short film.