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Auspicious Clouds Motif

In Chinese mythology, it is believed that dragons create clouds with their breath, and these clouds are considered harbingers of good fortune. These mystical stories h...

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Seal of Solomon: Symbol of Power and Sovereignty

The Seal of Solomon, with its six-pointed star motif, holds deep meanings and a fascinating story beyond being just a visual symbol. This six-pointed star, consisting ...

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Human Figures in Turkish Tiles

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if the art pieces of centuries ago could convey the daily lives, clothing styles, and social statuses of people who lived ...

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Cintemani Pattern: A Mysterious Symbol in Ottoman Art

The Çintemani pattern, frequently encountered in Ottoman artworks from the 15th century onwards, is recognized by its arrangement of three dots in a triangular layout....

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Contemporary Turkish Ceramic Art and Its International Interactions

Ceramic art offers a rich and varied history that has witnessed cultural, artistic, and technological developments over thousands of years. Since ancient times, this a...

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The Legacy Reigning Over the Ottoman Seas: A Journey from Maritime to Art

Throughout world history, maritime prowess has played a critical role in the rise and fall of civilizations. In this sense, the Ottoman Empire's dominance over the sea...

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The Rise and Fall of Art in the Ottoman Empire: The History of Iznik Pottery and Tiles

The Iznik tiles that adorned the palaces of the Ottoman Empire and are today admired in museums around the world, dazzle with their vibrant colors and elegant designs....

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Imitations of Iznik Tiles and Ceramics in Europe in the 19th Century

The artistic legacy of the Ottoman Empire created a mesmerizing impact in Europe during the 19th century, particularly with Iznik tiles and ceramics. The unique beauty...

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The Mysterious World of Ottoman Art: The Secrets of Central Motifs

Step into the enchanting art world of the Ottoman Empire: Here, beyond each line and pattern, you will discover the depths of visual harmony and order. The elegant tex...

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Symbolic Meanings of the Cypress Tree in Turkish Culture and Its Reflection in Art

The cypress tree holds deep symbolic meanings in various cultures. However, its significance in Turkish culture is more unique and potent compared to other cultures. I...

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The Reflection of the Sun in Ottoman Art: The Şemse Motif

Derived from the Arabic word "şems" meaning "sun", the şemse motif has been used as a standalone motif in the form of a frame that confines its inner design. This moti...

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Iznik Tiles and the Artistic Reflections of the Tulip Pattern in the Ottoman Empire

The tulip, a graceful symbol of Ottoman art, is a flower integrated with Istanbul and Ottoman culture. In this article, we will examine in detail how the tulip motif h...

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The Masters of Tabriz and Their Contributions to Ottoman Architecture

The Battle of Ankara, which took place in 1402, marks a challenging period for the Ottoman Empire. In this battle, the Ottomans, defeated by Timur, suffer their first ...

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The Style of Kara Memi: Dancing with Nature in Iznik Tiles

The Iznik tile is a unique reflection of history and culture. Various styles and manners have become evident in the development of this art form over time. One of thes...

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Types and Shapes of Iznik Tiles

A comparison of pots mentioned in Ottoman miniatures and written documents with surviving İznik specimens yields interesting results. Si...

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Differences Between Porcelain and Iznik Ceramics

Turkiye enjoys worldwide reputation in the field of tiles and ceramics. The centuries-old tile and ceramic history of our country is now...

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The Impact of Baroque and Rococo on Turkish Decorative Art

The Ottoman Empire, which went into decline after the death of the Grand Vizier Sokullu Mehmet Pasha, experienced a noticeable stagnatio...

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Topkapı Palace Tiles

The Topkapı Palace, or Saray-ı Cedid, built on Istanbul's first hill, Zeytinlik, is surrounded by a 1400-meter-long city wall built in 1...

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Early Ottoman Tiles

In the Anatolian Seljuk period, glazed tile mosaic decoration was applied together with under-glazed tile panels we encounter in palaces, while in the Anatolian Turkic...

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Magnificent Ornaments of a Special Place

Tile, one of our traditional arts, has been one of the most elegant ornaments used in architectural structures since ancient times. The ...

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Turkish Ceramic Art of the 20th Century

Traditional pottery in Anatolia can be divided into two groups according to the quality of production and the social class for which the...

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Suleyman, Patron of the Tile-Layers

The well-known place of Suleyman the Magnificent in the universe is mentioned in an inscription on the gate of Bender Castle in 1538. He...

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Ceramics From The Time of Sultan Selim I.

The years 1510 were marked by the campaigns of Selim I, which led to the temporary capture of Tabriz and the final conquest of Damascus ...

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Kütahya Tiles and Ceramic Art from the Ottoman Period

Kütahya, which was the second important center of tile production after İznik in the Ottoman period, was a city where ceramic production...

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Design Fundamentals

The design features of tile patterns have been the subject of research in various fields. In addition to the free compositions, the symmetrical, central arrangement ba...

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Attempts at Revival of The Art in The Tekfur Palace

The 18th century of the Ottoman Empire was marked by a whirlwind of transformation in the fields of architecture and art. One of the most prominent breezes of this win...

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Iznik Excavations

İznik, which occupies a prominent position in the Ottoman art of earthenware and tiles, is located in the Marmara region, east of Lake İznik, in a green belt of olive ...

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Decoration Techniques Used in Ottoman Tiles

Plain glazed vessels, sometimes with overlays, feature prominently in Ottoman works of earthenware where red ceramics body was quite common. With these, the color is u...

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Kubad Abad Palace and Its Tiles

The palace is not a place of amusement for the upper classes of society, especially for the rulers. Of course there is that too, but the palace is an institution where...

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14th and 15th Century Tile And Earthenware Art

Tiles and earthenware followed a long trajectory of evolution in Anatolia. Tile slabs, which decorated the walls of buildings during the Seljuks, the time of Principal...

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Examples Of Handicrafts Exhibited In Western Anatolian Museums

Handicrafts surviving to this day from the time of Principalities and the early Ottoman period are simple and plain in look. Museums located along our cultural routes ...

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Influence of Iznik, Kütahya and Canakkale Ceramics with Ship Depictions Observed on European Ceramics

Reaching the lands around the Aegean and Mediterranean, the Iznik, Kütahya and Çanakkale ceramics influenved a vast geography. Similar porcelains, tiles and ceramics d...

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Saz Style in Tiling

The Saz style first originated not in ceramics but in Iran as a drawing style and the leading representative of this style in the Ottoman Palace was the Şahkulu who wa...

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Helical Tuğrakeş Style: An Abstract Revolution in Ottoman Ceramic Art

The Helical Tugrakesh Style holds a unique place in Ottoman ceramic art. Unlike Halic Work decoration and Baba Nakkaş Work, this style is based on an abstract design t...

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Iznik Tiles that Reach the Present Day

Iznik tiles, a dazzling artistic legacy of the Ottoman Empire, have transformed into a cultural phenomenon over centuries, pushing the boundaries of art. These bright ...

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Iznik Tiles

Iznik tiles are a living piece of art that transcends time and space. This craft, shaped by many different cultures throughout history, garners admiration and apprecia...

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Nicea: The Capital of Empires

From Alexander the Great to Constantine the First, from Suleiman Shah to Orhan Gazi, Iznik has been the favorite of countless important figures and states throughout h...

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