Thursday, January 17, 2013

Flowers of Iznik Tiles Collection

The crochet motifs that I made for these lovely earrings and necklaces are inspired from Hatayi tile motifs of Muradiye Mosque at Manisa.

Hatayi is one of the main motifs of Tezhip (Illumination). Hatayi is a stylized pattern known as “Chinese Turkestan” origin, vertical and horizontal cross-section view of the flowers. Hatayi motifs have been applied on utensils and architectural tiles ceramics at the middle of the 16 century at Iznik. The most brilliant period of Ottoman Tile art was between 15. - 18. Centuries at Iznik. The most important feature of Iznik tiles are under-glaze decoration technique and coral red color.

The Muradiye Mosque is an historical mosque in Manisa. The mosque was designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan for Sultan Murat III.

One of the most precious works of art of 16th century Ottoman architecture, Muradiye Kulliye is a complex compose of a mosque, madrasah, a charitable establishment, shops and a library constructed in 19th century. The mosque was constructed when Sultan Murat III was a prince between the years in 1583-1588. Most probably the scheme of the mosque was made by Mimar Sinan; however processes of structure were carried out by Mimar Mahmut Aga and after his death by Mimar Mehmet Aga.

The mosque has an impressive front facade. There are two minarets with one şerefe( minaret balcony) apiece on the northern side of the minaret.