Settlement Types

The “typical portuguese pavement” can have various forms of settlement, depending on the purpose of the work and details to include.

 

Square or Row

It’s a geometric work with lined rows, made with stones of roughly equal dimensions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Em Leque

It is a more sophisticated work that, in addition to the cubic format requires a certain percentage of trapezoidal and oblong elements, produced in the moment by the craftsman “calceteiro”.

Technical application of fine effect, widely used in countries of northern Europe, and although less frequently, also used in Portugal..

 

 

 

 

 

Malhete

Remotely, this irregular stone pavement with variable size, was based freely so that the stones could mate. This was used has a form of profitability for all rock waste.
Today this type of settlement is highly valued commercially for detail and rigor of the craftsman..

 

 

 

 

Hexagonal

Rigorous pavement in white or black stone, with regular hexagonal shape and 5cm diametrical width.

Widely used in detail and artistic elements for its accuracy and beauty, is a tricky job that distinguishes good craftsman’s.

 

 

 

 

Portuguese Pavement

Is the most characteristic limestone pavement of any size and paved randomly.
Originally this technique used stones with irregular dimensions and edges. The current technique is the same, although with stones of regular dimensions and shapes.

 

 

 

 

Most of the current work in limestone is carried out in the form of Portuguese pavement. The settlement in square or row has also some use, especially when limestone is used in combination with granite on pedestrian crossings or markings in parking lots.
This great diversity of techniques, exemplified by the range of artwork covering squares and streets of Portugal. Carpets of fine lace, customizing every alley and avenue in detail with original exclusive features of the Portuguese culture.