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June 22, 2011

IZNIK!THE HOTTEST TREND IN TILE!

Filed under: IZNIK Tiles — Tags: , — jherzlinger @ 4:28 pm

I am currently working on designing bathrooms for a beach house in Southern California.

And the style of the house is Mediterranean. In my sourcing for the bathrooms, as I find that sourcing is very inspirational and a great way to design bathrooms especially! I have seen an incredible trend in Exotic Tiles  that are replicas from The Iberian peninsula.

In particular a decorative tile that is called IZNIK , which was a city in Turkey. IZNIK, which is a very old town, was first established in 310 B.C.

The history of the city is pretty fascinating in as much that it lies in a basin at an end of Lake IZNIK, bounded by ranges of hills to the north and the south, which made it a perfect fortress of a city that made all  attempts to reach it very difficult.

Throughout the history, IZNIK, which was famous with its pottery, remained as an import center of trade on the road to the east from Istanbul.

During the Ottoman sovereignty, the pottery art of IZNIK influenced the European arts and all ottoman handcrafts became famous and demanded

Decorative tiles have been around for centuries and archeologists can actually date spans of time based on the tiles they may come across.

Think about all of the gorgeous medieval mosques and all of the stunning palaces in Turkey and Portugal.

I was in Ann sacks and actually came across some gorgeous examples of this sort of tile. The price point is definitely not for the faint of heart, but if used  wisely, can make the project or the room stunning!

Have a wonderful day!

Love,

Jamie

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