Turkey: Ceramics Research

The art of Turkish tiles and ceramics have been prominent in Islamic Art since the Uighurs of the 8th and 9th century.

The Uighurs are Muslims and regard themselves as culturally and ethnically close to Central Asian nations.

This movement was influenced by Karakhanid, Ghaznavid, and (especially) Iranian Seljuk art.


Created in the late 1500’s, Keeping to linear shapes and movements to easily transition into digital fashion and visual communication. 

Places like, Seljuk mosques, medreses (theological academies), tombs, and palaces were lavishly decorated with exquisite tiles, to display their ceramic culture.

Following the defeat of the Byzantine army in 1071 by the Anatolian Seljuk Turks, a rapid increase of Turkish influence was witnessed in Anatolia, which led to the creation of countless works of art and collaborations. The consolidation of the Seljuk State was interrupted by Mongol invasions in the middle of the 13th century but the arrival of Turkish tribes from Turkestan, Azerbaijan and Khorasan led to a revival of Turkish tradition and culture in Anatolia and to a new period of research in art and culture.

Anatolia Art…


Anatolia Ceramics

Iznik Tiles

Iznik pottery, named after the town in western Anatolia where it was made, is highly decorated ceramics whose heyday was the late sixteenth century. The largest collection of vessels is in the British Museum and Iznik tiles may be seen in quantity in the imperial and religious buildings of Istanbul.

anatolia 3

Islamic Pottery

Seeing all these ceramics together, they all influence each other in different ways.   All these countries merged a movement in cultural tiling art.

Using these images and some photos of my own, I plan to take this into screen printing to sample then perhaps incorporating free stitching to then use in Photoshop & Illustrator.






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