The Iznik Foundation was established in the early 1990s, primarily to revive the lost ancient art of Iznik ceramics. After almost three years of research and development, including much reverse engineering and a great deal of trial and error, in collaboration with various Turkish and international scientific institutes, there was an important turnaround. At first, it seemed that the artisans had beaten all of our present-day cutting-edge technology: samples that were fired in kilns came out cracked or broken. The researchers were almost ready to give up, when their luck finally changed: a mixture that had been made in error was sent for analysis – and turned out to be viable! Since then, the Foundation has mastered the production process down to the finest details.
Today the Iznik Foundation continues its research and development in its industry-leading laboratories in Iznik. The Foundation’s know-how and technological advances combine to produce Iznik Ceramic Quartz Tiles that with even greater precision than the historic artisans. The Foundation’s advanced testing methods, ovens and climate-controlled environmental conditions ensure that Iznik Quartz Tiles may last up to 1,000 years.
Now in its 18th year, the Iznik Foundation continues its efforts to bring the unique qualities of Iznik Ceramic Quartz Tiles to a global audience. Through the work of the teams at the Iznik Foundation Ceramic Research Center workshop and laboratory in Iznik and the management centre and showroom in Istanbul, the Iznik Foundation and the Iznik Tile Corporation are now recognized internationally as the leader of this ancient art in the modern world.
Today, Iznik Quartz Tiles and custom made panel and mural designs can be found throughout the globe, in private as well as public contexts. By bringing the timeless qualities of this material into contemporary settings, our hope has always been to improve modern life with the special aesthetic and ecological properties of this unique building material.
The modern designs for Iznik tiles were launched about ten years ago, with an exhibition called ‘Çiniiçin’. Sixteen artists – including designers, painters and architects – were invited to design a single geometrical tile to be exhibited at the Hagia Sofia in murals. This particular development caused quite a stir and the Foundation was even accused of destroying the traditional Iznik designs.