• Imperial Threads Saz Motifs

    Saz Motifs

The conquest of parts of Persia by the Ottomans in the 16th century largely influenced Turkish design styles. This resulted in a trend away from geometric designs towards the use of central medallions, and the introduction of the saz motif as a principal pattern. The saz style combines a twisting serrated leaf with other motifs which can be floral or figural. It was introduced by the artist Shah Quli (d. 1555-1556) who was the head of the atelier of Sulayman the Magnificent, and who was well known for his series of drawings combining a stylized leaf with dragons.


Blue-and-White Tile

Ottoman, Turkey or Syria

Late 16th century

Underglaze-painted fritware

27.3 x 91. 2.5 cm



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