Border tile with a raised Kufic inscription
- Object Number: 1953.P.35
- Simple Name: tile
- Full Name: border tile
- Production Place: Iran
- Creation, production or manufacture details: modelled
- Production Period:
- Summary: Border tile with a raised Kufic inscription. Grey earthenware. The inscription is in blue with a band of palmettes across the top. The ground is decorated with bird and floral decoration painted in yellow and brown lustre.
- Terms:101 Ceramic Highlights
- Additional Notes: Tiles of this sort were used in religious contexts and decorated the insides of mosques, shrines or tombs. Most of the tiles in the collection were collected by travellers during the 19th century and found their way into British museums through collectors and dealers. As a result it can be difficult to determine the exactly where the tiles come from and what type of building they decorated.
- Additional Notes: In Kufic script the letters are squarer, less flowed and joined up than those of other scripts. This means it reproduces well in decorative tiles, bricks and mosaics. Kufic is the oldest and one of the most recognisable of Arabic scripts however sometimes the lettering is so stylised that close examination is needed to read it. These wares were incredibly influential on the emerging art potters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This includes William de Morgan whose designs included Islamic style patterns and brilliant lustres.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery