Turkish Ceramics: Patterns and Designs

Last Updated on December 21, 2020

Each design you will come across when looking at Turkish ceramics depicts a unique cultural aspect, generally based on the region and time period in which it’s style originated. Today, you will find that there is a steeper variety of colors used in ceramics than many of the oldest pieces.

Iznik ceramics are elegant works using high-quality pottery and painted, almost always incorporating a bright blue. Each Iznik design combines the traditional Ottoman arabesque patterns with Chinese patterns and elements.

Many ceramics have spiral patterns containing simple colors on a white background. Others contain elaborate artwork resembling animals, plants, plant leaves, and more. Among the most popular Turkish ceramics are bowls, plates, teapots, coasters, breakfast sets, coffee cups and sets, and vases.

The variations in design are often a direct correlation of the history and region of the particular style. Each design has a unique history worth exploring.

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