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Model #: ic07
Product Name: Iznik Ceramic Coaster
Item description: Hand painted Iznik Ceramic tile coaster
Dimensions: 3.5" Diameter
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Iznik pottery, named after the town in western Anatolia where it was made, is highly decorated ceramics which dates back to the fourteenth century. Flowers, especially tulips, hyacinth and carnations, are central to ─░znik pottery design and various shades of blue and white (later red and green) were painted on white clay in many vibrant forms. What made this style of ceramic so special was the use of quartz and quartzite, which makes up around 80 to 90 percent of the tile’s composition and is in three successive layers with a special glaze creating a unique piece of ceramic tile or product. The Iznik tile possesses many qualities that make it a choice of decorative accent even today. JEYLA Jewelry carries a large selection of Iznik Ceramics including jewelry,coasters and other houseware items.

History of the Iznik Tile

Iznik is a lovely walled town on the shores of Lake Iznik. This is the ancient Nicea, named after Nikaia, wife of Lysimakhos, one of the rulers who inherited the empire of Alexander the Great. Nicaea took on a greater importance with the rise of Byzantium. It became the historic equivalent of a convention hub and was the site for important meetings regarding early Christianity. Byzantium lost Nicaea to a burgeoning Ottoman Empire, which renamed the town Iznik in 1333 and a tile known as cini (the Turkish word for "China" and pronounced similarly: CHEE-neh) was handed down. Cini did not come from the Far East as some might immediately assume but was created by the Turks, namely Sultan Selim I who was so impressed with Chinese pottery that he wanted to create his own. After invading Persia in early 16th century, artist from this region were sent west to perfect this new art. Iznik became the hub for this new state-supported artist colony and the glazed tiles of Iznik were born and developed in this region. The glazed tiles that were used on the buildings at capitals of the Ottoman Empire were manufactured by craftsmen in Iznik. Early examples of blue and white glazed tiles of Iznik have a quality craftsmanship that was superior to others made across the Empire. Turquoise was added to the traditional Iznik palette of blue and white during the 1530s. Iznik's potters developed a style which differed significantly from that of the court decorators, and began to enrich their repertoire with human and animal figures and ship motifs. Iznik ceramics were not only made for wall tiles but also used for pottery and for manufacturing of such household items like china plates, bowls, ewers, cups, vases, candlesticks, and lamps. The increased production of these daily consumption items enabled the potters to experiment with new patterns and designs. Mauve and purples were introduced followed by green and coral red. In addition to a wide range of flowers, pomegranates, artichokes and tree motifs are the most common designs in the compositions of Iznik tile. The finest Iznik pottery was produced during the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent and up to the end of the 17th century. The tiles and other pieces were decorated with hyacinths, tulips, carnations, roses, and stylized floral scrollwork known as hatayi, Chinese clouds, imbrication, cintemani (a design consisting of three spots and pairs of flickering stripes), and geometric patterns.

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