Turkish Tile ( Cini ) Painting Workshops in Istanbul

The art of Turkish tiles and ceramics have very important in the history of Islamic art. Its roots can be traced at least as far back as the Uighurs of the 8th and 9th centuries. Its subsequent development was influenced by Karakhanid, Ghaznavid, and (especially) Iranian Seljuk art. With the Seljuks’ victory over the Byzantines at Malazgirt in 1071, the art followed them into Anatolia and embarked upon a new period of strong development fostered by the Anatolian Seljuk sultanate.

There is a widely held but quite erroneous belief that figurative painting, is not found in Islamic art due to prohibition by the Koran. Religious rulings issued only in the ninth century discouraged the representation of any living beings capable of movement but they were not rigidly enforced until the fifteenth century. Figural art is especially rich in tiles as well as stone and stucco reliefs of the Seljuk period, adorning both secular and religious reliefs monuments. The subjects included nobility as well as servants, hunters and hunting animals, trees, birds, sphinxes, lions, sirens, dragons, and double-headed eagles.

Our Workshops :

We have an Art Studio in the Sultanahmet area and our local teachers are professionals in Traditional Turkish Tile & Ceramics workshop. In our place, we give beginner, intermediate & advanced levels of traditional Turkish Tile & Ceramic painting lessons. Usually, lessons are 2 hours based, and by the end of 2 hours, you will be able to finish one item like a tile, plate or figure. ( Depending on the design, lessons can be longer as well )

In our studio, we provide all the materials for our students.
We also have the Tile owen to finish the process.
( The price is for the lesson.. We fire our Kiln once or twice in a kiln..
If you have time, we will fire your tiles ang give you the ready product or we can ship it to you if you can pay the shipping cost. )


Group lessons for High Schools and Universities can be provided all year long.
Please send us an e-mail if you are interested in participating in our classes as an individual or a student group.

In our studio, you can visit us and see & purchase our artworks.

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