One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Denoting colourful pottery and ceramic tiles produced during the 16th and 17th centuries in Iznik (ancient Nicaea), a town in NW Turkey.
- ‘By 1862 he had several examples of Iznik and Persian luster ceramics, and his collection of Spanish lusterware included dishes and plates with European coats of arms as well as Islamic motifs.’
- ‘Perhaps the best-known Turkish-looking form of art, the Iznik tile, reflects the Ottoman rulers great interest in Chinese porcelains: these tiles borrowed their designs of peonies, roses, dragons, and phoenixes from Chinese art.’
- ‘Just a short walk across the bosky gardens of Sultan Ahmet Square is the renowned Blue Mosque, enchanting in its elegant symmetry and exquisite colour - inside there are 21,043 blue Iznik tiles - hence the beloved Mosque's colloquial name.’
- ‘Deck was able to reproduce the original Iznik colours, which he termed ‘Persian’, after chemically analysing a broken Iznik tile.’
- ‘Christie's, meanwhile, offer the Vincent Bulent Collection of Iznik pottery, at eighty pieces the most extensive to be offered at auction since the Fernand Adda sale of 1965.’
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