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Review of Iznik Classics

Iznik Classics
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

I first fell in love with Islamic ceramics many years ago, when I visited the great Mosques of Istanbul and was held spellbound, literally, by the beauty of the 16th century tiles that grace their walls and ceilings. More recently I discovered Iznik Classics in Istanbul where a superior and absolutely stunning creation of these traditional ceramics, recreated by contemporary artists, are sold. Anyone who appreciates beautiful things will find a visit to their showrooms an unforgetable experience. You immediately feel you are in the presence of something special, on an altogether higher level of quality than elsewhere. Unmistakenly there is a spiritual dimension to their beauty. The hospitality of owner and staff is exquisite, in keeping with their treasures.

5  Thank John M
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

Iznik Classics is a small chain of family owned specialty stores based in the Sultan Ahmed area of Istanbul with an outlet in the Covered Bazar.
They sell a broad range of ceramic wares with emphasis on copies of the classical Iznik period. Theer is a broad range of quality and price ranging from the collectible to easily affordable ware for use or gifts.
The company is the retailer for the most respected ceramacists in Turkey and the owners are skilled counselors on everything from quality to value - absolutely no hint of presure selling. I have dealt with them for years and recommend them highly.

5  Thank Landon T
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

Turkish ceramics of the 16th and 17th century were among the greatest ceramic works of art ever produced. Only the richest collectors can afford originals, whose prices are skyrocketing. Fortunately, in recent decades good reproductions have appeared. Iznik Classics has supported and sells the work of the very best makers of these reproductions in particular Adnan Hoca, Meliha Coskun and the Iznik Vakif (Foundation.) Their work costs more than the run-of-the-mill ceramics found in the Great Covered Bazaar and elsewhere. But the great difference in quality of raw materials, production and design make the Iznik Classics products worthwhile for the discriminating buyer.

4  Thank Nick L
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Reviewed October 16, 2011

This Iznik Classics is located in Utangaҫ Sokak in Sultanahmet near the Four Seasons Hotel (which has some of the ceramics from the shop on display). The ceramics are the work of five well-known Turkish artists who only sell their work through this Iznik Classics shop. The first floor of the shop has examples of ceramics from all the artists. They are beautifully displayed, each in its individual alcove. The designs are both ancient and modern Islamic ceramic art. The richness of the colours and the quality of the materials used amazed me. I sat with the owner, Tahir Eğinci, who explained the work of the different artists to me. He clearly loves and understands each of the cermanics on display. On the walls are displayed photographs of Mr Eğinci's more famous customers, who include an ex-president of the United States and a famous recently retired television personality. The building has 5 floors, the basement is dedicated just to the work of one artist and the room is built similar to that in an ancient fortress, and is an ideal setting for the ceramics which are all in the ancient Islamic design. The rooms on the other floors house the work of the other artists. Although it is a shop, it feels like a gallery. This is the place to come to buy beautiful ceramics that are exclusive and not mass produced. It is for those who appreciate that the prices reflect the quality of the ceramics.

3  Thank Wanderingrose
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