Following the trail of Ibn Battuta

Are you also intrigued by the Turkish ceramic tiles with beautiful artwork and/or calligraphies adorning walls, entrances, domes and windows?

The art of these ceramic tiles products is originally from Iznik, Anatolia in Turkey.
History of Turkish tiles and ceramics

The roots of the art of Turkish ceramics can be traced back as the Uyghurs of the 8th and 9th centuries. In 1331 Iznik came under Ottoman control.

Ottoman Turks inherited the craftsmanship of Seljuk’s ceramic arts and developed further the techniques of ceramic making in Iznik. Around the middle of the 17th century, the quality of the Iznik potteries began to deteriorate. By the 18th century, the ceramic industry in Iznik had died out completely and Kutahya replaced it as the leading center in western Anatolia.

Why the colour blue?

Initially simple earthenware pottery with an underglaze decoration was produced. In the last quarter of the 15th century…

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