Tile art

The walls of the Topkapi palace are a riot of colourful tiles. One can spend a lot of time admiring them. But this post is not about the tiles themselves, but the larger pieces made of ceramics. There is little representational art in the palace, and the three pieces i show here stand out as special.

We saw these three religious motifs in the vestibule at the entrance to the harem. The tiles on a mihrab depicted the Kaaba, very appropriately. Next to it were depictions of Medina and mount Ararat. If you look carefully at the upper left hand part of the depiction of Ararat you’ll see a rose. That represents the prophet Muhammad, and makes clear that the view is of his last sermon.