Turkish tiles and ceramics is a centuries-old art form which can be seen on various popular architectural sites as well as many home decor items. These trivets have been inspired by this art form and made by hand by Turkish artists who proudly represent the traditional colors and designs on the products. While tulips and carnations are the most popular flowers represented in this art form, the main colors famously used are different shades of blue, red, and white.
"The roots of Turkish tiles and ceramics dates all the way back to the 8th and 9th century Uyghurs, its influence traveling through Anatolia with the Seljuks. However, it was not until the Ottoman Empire that the art of hand-painted tiles rose to a new period altogether. The town of İznik was the most active center (hence the name ‘İznik Tiles’) a technically advanced area that received designs from Ottoman court artists to be realized and then sent back to the palace.
Influenced by the 15th century Ming porcelains, early tile examples were very different from the style that later made İznik potters famous. It was not until the middle of the 16th century that the now iconic tulips, roses, pomegranates, and hyacinths began to appear in the motifs alongside the cobalt blue and turquoise patterns. It was also during this time that production shifted to architectural tiles because of the numerous building projects commissioned by Süleyman I (1520-1566) whose reign represented the empire’s peak. A myriad of examples, from tombs to mosques, were decorated with İznik tiles."