Established in 2009, Alhambra sells a wonderful range of Spanish tiles, along with a selection of handwoven rugs and 'Village Pottery'. These come mainly from Andalucia in southern Spain. I started with rugs, from the province of Almeria where I've owned a rustic mountain house since 1997. Ceramics followed, then Spanish food and cookware and finally the wonderful encaustic and mosaic tiles for which Alhambra is 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 my Blog
I now have two team-members, Kelly and Janine. Our showroom is in Kirkdale, an up-and-coming parade 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 recent decline in fortunes. Happily, it's on the up again with many new people moving to the area. We still have some great homeware shops. There's an antique fireplace shop next door, a Victorian doors shop, a famous Art Deco shop, a fabulous upholsterer, a double-glazing shop, carpenters and a new retro-shop, Mabel's Five & Dime. There is also an excellent skincare clinic, JH Skincare and a new wine bar. A sushi restaurant has recently arrived, to great acclaim!
Since 2011, I have been the chair of Kirkdale Village - a traders and community group which aims to bring more people to our high street and strengthen community. We have 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
Until recently I was a 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
Alhambra's latest phase sees us concentrating more and more on our tiles and, in particular, commercial projects. There is now a webpage dedicated to trade clients
Due to the overwhelming demand for our Spanish tiles, Alhambra has recently started 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.
Previously, we had a full programme of Spanish events and parties at Alhambra. I've wound that down for now but, with the beautiful little garden behind the showroom, I'm sure 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Becca