Famed Ottoman artists of the late 15th to 17th century captured with vibrant colors of precious stones under the glaze of the finest Turkish Iznik Ceramic, or 'Cini'.
Today`s Mehmet Gursoy, highly regarded as Turkey`s most exceptional master `Cinici` or maker of `Cini`, extracts principles and forms from 15th to 17th century Cini to bring unique new pieces to life, in exceptional designs that reflect the enormity and richness of the Ottoman Empire as his predecessors saw it. Truly powerful indeed. Prof. Henry Glassie - Indiana University
Iznik tiles are a type of ceramic tile that has been used in architectural applications for private residences since the late 15th century. These tiles are known for their beautiful and intricate designs and patterns, which often feature blue and white floral or geometric motifs. The tiles are traditionally found in mosques and other religious buildings, but can also be used to add color and character to private residences. Iznik tiles are also known for their durability and can withstand extreme temperatures and weather conditions, making them an ideal choice for outdoor applications. They can be used to create stunning mosaics for walls, floors, and countertops, and can be used to add a unique touch to bathrooms, kitchens, and other living spaces. In addition, Iznik tiles can be used to create decorative accents around fireplaces, windows, and doorways.
Named after the town in western Anatolia where it was first made popular, Iznik pottery is revival of the vividly painted ceramics and tiles of the Ottoman Empire. The intricate decorations on the hand painted ceramics progressed from pure symmetry to subtle rhytmes, incorporating ships, animals, trees, carnations, roses and of course, lots of tulips.
Mehmet Gursoy is a leading figure in the revival of Iznik Pottery. For 30 years, Gursoy has been studying and producing iznik art and ceramics, working to truly rediscover the secrets of clay and unique colors of Iznik Pottery. His work is displayed in Turkish missions overseas, in private collections and in various museums, incuding the Museum of Anatolian Civilazitions in Ankara and the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery of Asian Art in Washington, D.C.
These unique Iznik vases which used in the Ottoman Palace have a very fine art taste. You can see it when you look at the details. Single brush strokes, composition balance and original colors on this beautiful iznik pottery art. Some forms have been used as flower beds in the dining tables. Some as mosques and palaces as oil lamps, and some as ornaments. Functional and decorative.In the iznik vases you can see examples of floral patterns, animal motifs, portraits of galleons and examples of golden horn designs. Some studies are confronted with the combination of copper and iznik tile.