Turkish/Iznik Style Tile Collection

Turkish ceramics date back to the 15th century and perhaps earlier, as tile artisans from this region worked throughout the Ottoman Empire.

The most heralded of these were known as the Masters of Tabriz because of their famous tilework gracing the Green Mosque in Bursa, Turkey. They were believed to move throughout the region working on important buildings and monuments for wealthy patrons and religious leaders.

Their early blue and white tiles were likely influenced by Ming Chinese porcelain, and the popularity of the blue and white motif in tilework was passed through the centuries and survives to this day.

Later, colors including turquoise, green, red, purple and black were added to the tile color palette, predominately crafted using the Cuerda Seca, or ‘dry cord’ technique of outlining designs in wax to keep colors from running together.

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