This is an excellent, affordable and highly informative book on Iznik pottery that encompasses both the development of architectural tiling and of domestic-ware, both of which are generously supported by clear and detailed photographs. The book puts Iznik pottery into historical context with early Ottoman ceramics as Iznik pottery "did not spring on to an empty stage" and follows its development to its peak of perfection from the 1560s onwards, to its eventual decline in the 17th century. Of particular fascination is the chapter on "Iznik, China and the Western World" in which the author traces external influences on Iznik pattern-making. All commentaries are well cross-referenced to the illustrations and the book is an inspiration to any reader to visit the British Museum's wonderful collection of Islamic artefacts. Hilary Minor, Guildford, 2001.
This is a new area of interest for me and I found that the book greatly enhanced my visit to the British Museum collection of Iznik pottery. It is a well illustrated and very informative guide to the development of these richly coloured ceramics and how they relate to other traditions.