‘Cini’ is a traditional Turkish ceramic which is produced using special production techniques. They are referred to as high fired underglazed polychrome ceramics. The first examples of these ceramics emerged in the 13th Century and had its golden age in the 16th Century. With the sensitivity that Ottoman Empire showed to art in general ceramics became an art form applied in palaces and mosques.
The most important difference between Turquart and other ceramic works is the use of high levels of quartz (80-85 %) it contains. It is characterized by its resistance to hot, cold, and humid environments. These characteristics are emphasized by the traditional floral and geometric motives together with their unique colors which resemble precious and semi precious gems. Due to the underlaze aplication of the designs the bright colors are preserved for centuries to come.
Many efforts have been unsuccessful in the continious production of a high quartz ceramic except for certain artistic works. Turquart however, have succeded in a stable production of high quarts, high quality ceramics of all forms and sizes.
Today, Turquart is a successful representative of the production of traditional Turkish ceramic art producing antiques of the near future.