Iznik wares of the 16th and 17th centuries are represented in the collection by 35 vessels
and tiles. One of the earliest and perhaps the most outstanding examples among the Museum's Iznik wares is a large dish with polychrome painted decoration (CER0711TSR). This dish
belongs to one of the most decorative and typical Iznik vessels and may be attributed to
the period between 1560-75.
A second dish with serrated edges, painted in cobalt-blue,
black and dark green could be idetified as an earlier example (CER0708TSR). However, it
has recently been established, that such blue and green painted vessels with flower pot and
rock designs were made later, between 1570 and 1580.
The third dish showing bunches of
grapes, was a faithful copy of a Chinese blue and white porcelain dish and may be dated
between 1570 and 1590 (CER0709TSR).
Another dish decorated with so-called saz leaves and hatay patterns, is considered to date between 1575 and 1580 (CER0713TSR).
tanker decorated with hyacinths and tulips is somewhat later, perhaps it belongs to the period
between 1580 and 1590 (CER0718TSR).
The colourful jug is also of the same period (CER0716TSR).
But Iznik was producing large number of ceramic tiles which were extensively used in mosque
and palace decorations.
Museums and private collections all over the world have large number
of such Iznik tiles and the Tareq Rajab Museum also possesses several single tiles and two
One of these panels has three, the other nine square tiles, decorated with hatay
motifs and saz leaves (CER1731/A and CER1731/B). They may be dated to the last years of Sulayman the Magnificent and his successor, Selim II's reign, i.e. between 1560 and 1574.