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Frieze in grape design, Syria

Measurements: Black metal frame, TBC, Image: 12” x 18”

Matte & Paper: 8 ply, white. Hahnemuhle archival paper

Photo # 3023


Ceramic tiles are thin slabs of clay that have been fired in a kiln and glazed. They are used for a variety of purposes, including flooring, wall tiles, and decorative accents. Ceramic tiles are durable, easy to clean, and resistant to water.


Damascus and Iznik tiles are both types of decorative ceramic tiles that have a long history and are known for their intricate patterns and vibrant colours. However, there are some differences between the two tiles: 


1. Origin: Damascus tiles originated in Syria, while Iznik tiles originated in Turkey.


2. Production method: Damascus tiles were traditionally made using a labour-intensive process in which multiple layers of clay were pressed together, cut into shapes, and then fired. Iznik tiles were made using a different method in which a single layer of clay was formed into a tile shape and then decorated with intricate patterns using a variety of techniques, including painting and glazing.


3. Decorative style: Damascus tiles are known for their geometric pattern and bright, bold colours, while Iznik tiles are known for their more intricate and detailed floral and abstract pattern, often using a palette of blue, turquoise, and red.   


4. Historical context: Damascus tiles have a long history, with evidence of their use dating back to the 8th century. Iznik tiles, on the other hand, were developed in the 15th century and were popular during the Ottoman Empire.


Damascus Tiles, early 18th century

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