Numerous cultural values have become almost exhausted and in need of
protection in 21st century. Historical monuments have been damaged because of natural
or humanitarian disasters and some of them unfortunately have disappeared.
In this sense, Turkish art tiles have very big wounds. One of the most important evidence
for that situation is the disappearance of Iznik tiles (16-17th century) which represent
the unique art and craft of Ottoman Empire in an impressive way. Çini wares
have been frequently used on many structures particularly for ornamentation. Today
ceramic masters are struggling to keep this art alive. People are endeavoring to continue
the tradition of Turkish art tile in large and small workshops by manufacturing
their products so as to support this art. In this study, visual and textural changes seen
on “çini” art till now are evaluated and also future of Turkish art tiles is discussed
both regionally and globally.