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Istanbul june 2009 2449.jpg
26-JUN-2009

Istanbul june 2009 2449.jpg

All these pictures are from the monumental grave chamber of Eyüp, which is covered with Iznik tiles of the best quality. The grave proper is in a room that one can look into through elaborate grating. In the room where the believers gather there is a showcase with what must be a footprint of the prophet, I distinctly think it used to be in the Topkapı museum. Here it is much more in its proper place.

On the picture: A close-up of a tiled wall. These Iznik tiles, from different designs, but put together during a restoration some time ago, show lots of flowers. One can easily recognize roses and tulips (in the left down corner) and grape bunches and vines (in the center). Other often used motifs are carnations, hyacinths, violets, pomegranates, feather-shaped reed grass, arched flower branches and leaves. In Ottoman culture (and more generally in Islamic art) flowers symbolize the Garden of Eden and Paradise.
These designs were drawn by the artists of the Topkapı Sarayı workshop and sent to the potters at Iznik for transfer to the tile panels and plates, which were not only used in the mosques and palaces of the Ottoman Empire, but were exported all over Europe.

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Source: ‘Islamic Architecture: Ottoman Turkey’ (Godfrey Goodwin) – London 1977
& Website of ‘turkishculture.org’ .

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