The Enamelled Walltiles of Bursa
Early Ottoman enamelled wall tiles of excellent quality; produced by means of a variet of techniques have been used in a number of historic buildings in Bursa. We encounter the finest examples in the Green Mosque (Yeşil Cami), Madrasa and Shrine (1421-22) and in the Muradiye complex of shrines. These structures are adorned with monochrome glazed tiles, enamelled tile mosaic, coloured ghzed tiles (Cuerda Seca) and a variety of tiles produced with the underglaze technique. The enamelled tiles of Bursa are superior even to those of such renowned centres as İznik, Kütahya and Edirne in terms of variety and richness of design.
The Bursa wall tiles that endowed its architecture with so much colour and move ment were made in İznik, Kütahya and Bursa. However as excavations have yielded insufficient proof regarding enamelled tile production in Bursa, it is not possible to reach adefinite conclusion. The technique, colour and design features of Bursa enamelled tiles served as an example for those later produced in İstanbul and Edirne.