Turkish pottery is well known for its colorful, lovely design. It has seemingly novel designs and colors, and creates the strong impression that it cannot be believed as a traditional craft. The history of Turkish pottery dates back to 16th century in the Ottoman Turk era and Iznik was the center of the production. Turkey had invited many excellent potters in the time of Selim I, and enormous amount of pottery and tile were produced. Above all, many ornamental tiles were created for mosques and palaces. Today these tiles are preserved at landmarks and we can see them. The upper-class people fascinated with their tomato red and olive green colored designs in the white background at that time. In addition, potteries were painted beautifully with pictures such flowers as tulips and carnations, fruits as grapes and pomegranates, and sailboats on the sea. Lately these illustrated potteries have created world-wide collectors.
There were more than 600 potteries in Iznik at the best time, but the production of pottery in Iznik declined in 17th century. Instead of declining potteries in iznic, Kutahya became the center of the production in 18th century, where had also produced potteries since 16th century. Nowadays, the center of production of Turkish pottery is Kutahya, and its tradition is succeeded and maintained by young craftsmen. The new colorful pottery named “millennium” has been produced since a few years ago. This original pottery is a new style mixed traditional patterns with new color designs. Tourists to Turkey and buyers are attracting to “millennium” now.