Sunday, August 2, 2009

Why is the Blue Mosque Blue?











































13 comments:

Buzz Kill said...

I never would have come up with this for an eastern theme. Some lovely plate and tile work.

Happy MM!

Boxer said...

oh I love the deepness of the colors and the patterns. Good pick and Happy MM.

TROLL Y2K said...

Very unique take. I predict no blog-jynx here. Really good tile-work is ART.

Happy Mute Monday!

Pam said...

GORGEOUS designs and wonderful theme! I need one of those pottery pieces for sure. I have just the spot for it.

kmwthay said...

gorgeous dah-ling. This looks similar to some German pieces that were my grandmother's. Happy MM Fishy. xo

Aunty Belle said...

Absolutely spectacular, Fishy!! The rich blues are incredible. Lovely lovey fare. Mysterious, historic, artistic.

Happy MM!

fishy said...

Hi Buzz, Happy Monday.
The geometry required to produce those tile patterns in curves and arabesques is something we cannot recreate today. Very impressive to me, hope it was to the MM players.

Boxer,
Have you been to Turkey? To experience some of those incredibly vibrant architectural tiles , centuries after installation, is quite the experience.
I remember you saying once you believe energy flows thru hands ..... imagine the thrill of making the tiles for these architectural wonders!

Hey Troll,
how was the weekend wedding experience? Hope it wasn't jinxed. Happy MM.

Hi Pam,
The computer images do not do the Iznik justice. I think you can buy
current pieces online.

Kym,
Happy Monday and I agree, they are really gorgeous craftsmanship, really amazing intensity of color and very respectful of things botanical. I like this stuff a lot although I do not have any in my own home ... but i am thinking about that fishy platter!

Aunty Belle,
Thanks for the praise. This isn't everyone's cup of tea, apple or otherwise! Happy Monday.

Vixen said...

Pretty patterns. Unique take. :)

Joanna Cake said...

So beautiful and very original take! Happy belated MM :)

moi said...

How did I miss this? I have been to the Blue Mosque and it is beautiful, as is all of Istanbul. I also treasure a piece of 19th century Islamic tile I purchased back in college in an antique shop – not sure of the country of origin, but it's a beauty. I really shouldn't use it as a trivet. Happy LATE Mute Monday, dear Fishy!

fishy said...

Vixen, Jc,
Thanks ladies. Beauty IS a driving force in the universe is it not? Hope today was a terrific Tuesday.

Moi,
I loved the Blue Mosque as well as Topkapi and Haiga Sophia ... all of which have centuries old Iznik tiles as a main feature of their designs. You have a historical Iznik remnant????? Wow, I may be jealous. As for using your treasures ... well I believe you absolutely should.

One of my favorite "designer' quotes is attributed to Thomas Jefferson and is as follows:

" That which we chose
to surround ourselves with,
becomes the museum
of our own experiences".

So keep the treasures in your surrounds and not out of sight! Wow Moi, for the success of the run ;-)

Aunty Belle said...

Been out roamin'...come see whar.

chickory said...

awesome! and very eastern.