Glazed tile of rectangular form, the light and dark
blue decoration comprising a raised part
head motif containing a floral pattern.
The first major development in the art of Islamic
tile-making occurred primarily in Anatolian Seljuk
architecture. Mosques, mescits (small mosques)
minarets, were decorated with turquoise and
and reddish glazed brick to produce a variety of
geometric compositions and kufic inscriptions.
mosaic-like pieces of tile were also combined to
create certain designs. Glazed brick and tile-
similar to the decoration found on minarets, is
on the exteriors of tombs and in the interiors of
Seljuk buildings, on brick revetments covering
surfaces, on arches, vaults, walls and on other
Turkish tiles and pottery from the 14th to 19th
centuries have won worldwide acclaim due to
wide range of techniques, color schemes and
(JB1215) Tile, rectangular, with polychrome
painting; showing a floral design within a lobed
Syria, Damascus, 16th – 17th century.