Saturday, February 25, 2012

Turkish Ceramics


The art of Turkish ceramics' roots can be traced at least as far back as the Uighurs of the 8th and 9th centuries. Its subsequent development was influenced by Central Asian Karakhanid, Ghaznavid, and (especially) Seljuk art. With the Seljuks' victory over the Byzantines at Malazgirt in 1071, the art followed them into Anatolia and embarked upon a new period of strong development fostered by the Anatolian Seljuk sultanate.

Turquoise was the most frequently-used color for glaze although cobalt blue, eggplant violet, and sometimes black were also popular.

The art of Turkish tile and ceramic-making developed over the centuries incorporating many different techniques and styles. Enriched by the arrival of the Seljuks, the ceramic industry in Anatolia achieved a deservedly worldwide reputation with the support of the Ottoman court. Today, Kutahya has been revived as an important center of tile and ceramic-making. In addition, efforts are also being made in private workshops and educational institutions in Iznik, Istanbul, Bursa and Antalya to keep the art of traditional Turkish tiles and ceramics alive and develop it so that it can address the demands of modern-day life.

24 comments:

  1. Hello, Antalya! Thanks for visiting my blog. I love to know yours. I'm following. kisses

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  2. @ Evie, thank you very much. If you come to Turkey, do not forget to visit a Turkish ceramic art shop.

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  3. So interesting! Would love to know more about your country!Thanks for stopping by and commenting!! Loved your blog and following!
    Love
    Juneli form Fashionably Yours
    http://fashionablyyours-juneli.blogspot.com/

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  4. @ Juneli, thank you very much...

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  5. hi isa, these turkish ceramics are so beautiful...
    awesome designs and colors too.
    no pics for me? ha ha
    have a nice day

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  6. @ cookingvarieties, Hi Wan, thank you very much for your sweet comment. I will send you the pics..

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  7. Simply gorgeous ceramics and art and craft in Turkey. When I do hit this country, all these is what I am going to explore into.

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  8. Can't help but sincerely admire those exquisitely designed ceramics! The artistic creativity poured into those ceramics are very peculiar and distinctively Turkish!

    I surmise they are expensive!

    Hope you always have a great day, Tulpar!

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  9. merhabalar.sizi zevkle listeme ekledim.sevgiler...

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  10. @ Nava-K, thanks for your sweet comment, you should discover Turkey..

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  11. @ Beng Gee, yes, they are expensive but it's worth it to buy it.

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  12. @ defneylebirlikte, teşekkür ederim..

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  13. @ TraceysFashionOutlook, thank you...

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  14. Gorgeous and great collection from Turkey! Thanks so much for your sweet comments and have listed your blog at http://treatntrickdiary.blogspot.com a few months ago. Hope you are having a wonderful day!

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  15. @ Treat and Trick, thank you very much..

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  16. Wow...so beautiful!Love these colors!

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  17. They are all so beautiful! Thanks for visiting my blog. Now following.

    http://everydayrachel21.blogspot.com/

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  18. @ Every Day Rachel, thank you...

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  19. love your blog:)Maybe we can follow each other?

    Agnes

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  20. q famoody, thanks. Sure, we can follow each other..

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