History Of The Tulip And Iznik Pottery
On March edition of Homes & Antiques I have read a beautiful article about tulips. So I have decided to mention about tulips and arrange a visit to Iznik in Turkey to learn more about Iznik pottery.
History of the tulip…
Tulip originally grew as a wildflower in Central Asia and has been venerated for centuries in the culture of the region. Tulip was mentioned in poems and legends.
It became the emblem of the ruling house of Osman and was widely used as a motif in Turkish textiles, carpets and ceramics.
Famous designer William Morris used tulips into many of his designs for wallpaper and fabric with a partner plant such as the willow, rose, lily and peony.
In the 17th century the tulip became a luxury item, becoming an obsession and status symbol among the wealthy Dutch elite.
In the 1630s people began to invest in tulips and some bulbs were selling for 10 times the annual salary of a skilled worker but in 1637 it all came crashing down.
One story suggests that it was Flemish diplomat Oghier Ghislaon de Busbecq in 1554 was sent as an ambassador to the Ottoman Court and he brought the first tulips from Central Asia to Europe. Once the flowers arrived on Dutch soil tulip-growing developed into an industry.
The Netherlands is the world’s largest grower and exporter of tulips.
When you talk about ceramics in Turkey there are two major ones, Kutahya and Iznik. But in terms of antiques Iznik pottery is quite valuable and worths to invest.
Yesterday I had a chance to visit Iznik and Iznik China Foundation to learn more about Iznik pottery.
Iznik is a beautiful place to visit you should have one or two days to go around and learn about their history and Iznik pottery.
While I was driving to Iznik, weather was sunny and everywhere was full of olive trees, the view was wonderful. At town centre first I have decided to visit street of Kilns. You can visit the shops and buy yourself beautiful Iznik potteries and gifts for your friends.
There are beautiful mirrors and jewelleries you should visit all of stores before you start to shop.
Some of the stores has unique designs…
After the shopping tour at Town Center, I have decided to visit Iznik China Foundation.
When you visit the Foundation they help you for the tour and explain you the traditional production methods of the Iznik pottery.
Iznik china has much more Quartz than any other ceramics. High Quartz concentration in its composition made Iznik China immortal as its colour and condition never changes.
The production is totally handmade. There used to be wood kilns in 16th century which is replaced by electric ones which is the only change within the production.
Wood kilns is no longer used.
Electric Kilns are used today but totally at the same temperature and same techniques are being used as in the wood ones. Ceramics stay 3 days 950 degrees in the kilns.
It was a great opportunity for me to visit Iznik and learn about Iznik pottery. Today Iznik pottery is one of the most sought after antiques and its value is still increasing.