The "typical Portuguese Pavement" can have several forms of application, depending on the purpose of the work to be done and the designs to be included. The most common ones today are the "Irregular" and "Fiada".
This great diversity of techniques, is an array of artistic works covering streets and squares of Portugal, stone carpets, customizing each alley, street or avenue, with original and exclusive details of the Portuguese culture.
IRREGULAR Is the most characteristic way to place the limestones in whatever dimensions applied in a random way. Originally, this technique was used with stones of irregular sizes and edges.
ROW This technique is a geometric and uses aligned rows of stones of approximately the same size. The application in rows is also fairly used, especially when limestone is used in combination with granite in crosswalks or parking lots. LEQUE It is a more sophisticated work that uses cubical elements along with a certain percentage of trapezoids produced while they are being applied by the paver. This technique is used in countries in the north of Europe and, even though less often, it is also used in Portugal. MALHETE When stones first started to be used as a way to pave streets, this irregular and variable size stones were freely placed in a way that the stones would form pairs. This technique serves as a way to reutilize wasted stone. Today, Malhete is very commercially appreciated because of its detail and rigor.
SEXTAVADO Technique that uses hexagonal black or white limestones with a diameter of approximately 5 centimeters. Very utilized to produce details and rigorous artistic elements. This is a kind of work that distinguishes good pavers from the rest of pavers.
It consists of a settlement from a center, in which the rows grow by contouring under themselves, up to the desired circumference.
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