REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM BURSA PROVINCIAL DIRECTORATE OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

The Enamelled Walltiles of Bursa

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.