Abdul Hay's Tomato Red Tiles : Early Ottoman Tile-MakingBy: Nagy, Luqman
Softcover, Art Paper
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|By: Nagy, Luqman|
Format: Softcover, Art Paper | 61 pp with glossary and comprehension questions
Publisher: DarUsSalam, Riyadh, 2011
Size: 24 x 16.5 cm / 9.5 x 6.5 inches
Topic: Islamic History - Architecture - Ottoman - Pre-teen and up
Mehmet II quickly set about beautifying Constantinople - the city he wanted to become 'the capital of the world'. He assembled the best craftsmen of his day to complete massive construction projects. One of the most sought after artisans in the land was the tile-maker, Abdul Hay, whose unique, vibrant tomato red tiles would soon beautify many buildings in Mehmet's new capital.
This book recounts the remarkable story of early Ottoman tile-making and the beautification of Istanbul. For a brief period in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, the fine art of tile-making was perfected by the artisans of Iznik. Their art still remains unsurpassed in its brilliance. And after five hundred years, Abdul Hay's amazing tomato red tiles still adorn countless mosques through the city.