Established in 2009, Alhambra sells a wonderful range of Spanish tiles, including encaustic cement tiles, authentic terracotta, fashionable porcelain and exclusive arts tiles. These come mainly from Andalucia in southern Spain. The business actually started with handmade rugs and ceramics from Spanish mountain towns, before settling down into the fabulous offer for which we are best known today.
I have driven all over Andalucia to source my stock - often chancing on suppliers in the most unexpected places! It's been a wonderful experience and I've visited some marvellous towns and villages. More info on this in our Blog
I now have two team-members, Janine and Carolina. Both are Spanish and they do a marvellous job. Janine (right) is in charge of logistics and back-end communication with our partners in Spain, while Carolina (left) deals cheerfully and efficiently with our customers!
Our showroom is in Kirkdale, a lively parade of shops in Sydenham, south London. Just up the road from Dulwich and down the hill from Crystal Palace, it was famous for its antique shops until a decline in fortunes during the 90s. Happily, it's on the up again. There's still the antique fireplace shop next door and a famous Art Deco shop up the road, while newcomers include an amazing handmade kitchen shop, a fabulous upholsterer, a double-glazing shop, carpenters and a great retro-shop, Mabel's Five & Dime. There's also the brilliant 161 Food & Drink, and an excellent skincare clinic, JH Skincare.
In 2011, I was a joint founder and chair of Kirkdale Village - a traders and community group which aimed to bring more people to our high street and strengthen community. We worked hard to regenerate Kirkdale, winning funding for planters, street trees and bike stands and helping to organise events. Kirkdale Village worked alongside Hugh Dames to host a highly successful 2011 Kirkdale Christmas Pop-Up which saw some 50 activities and events taking place in some 30 shops and other venues up and down Kirkdale. For more info please visit http://www.facebook.com/kirkdalevillage
I was also an early Director of SEE3 Ltd, the company set up to administer the money won after Sydenham, Forest Hill and Kirkdale bid for funding as a 'Portas Pilot' to revitalise the high street. For more info please visit www.see3.co.uk
Happily, it worked! Business got busier, and Alhambra is now fully occupied selling Spanish tiles. These days, we work with a lot of interior designers and architects, especially those seeking something bespoke and high end. While we are not the cheapest, we certainly believe we are one of the best, and our authentic tiles are all of high quality and durable. With more and more commercial clents on our books, there is now a a webpage dedicated to trade clients
Due to the overwhelming demand for our products, Alhambra now runs an appointment-only system. We are available Tuesday-Friday between 11am & 5pm for viewings and consultations. We can come in out of hours with plenty of notice - evenings currently preferred. We do ask you to contact us before you come, so that we can give you our undivided attention.
In our previous life, we had a full programme of Spanish events and parties at Alhambra. We're too busy for that now but we still have the beautiful little garden behind the showroom, and I hope we'll be hosting some new events come the summer. Please keep watching this space, (scroll down under the About Us tab).
I hope you will enjoy spending time on the website and, even better, come and see us! You can phone us to make an appointment on 020-3417 6385 or email us at email@example.com. Becca