Floral Designs

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A very common design in Seljuk and Ottoman traditions. There are several flowers depicted to decorate the ceramic works: Tulips, roses, carnations, hyacinth, lotuses, apple blossoms and pommegranate. Each flower has a symbolical meaning. For instance; tulips represent Allah, both because its inscription in Ottaman alphabet resembles that of Allah and because of the top lines of the motif which are likened to the latter inscription. Roses represent both love and Muhammed, the prophet of Islam. It represents love because it is universally accepted love symbol – that’s why its petals are stylized to look like small hearts. It represents Muhammed because its smell is believed to be that of Muhammed. Carnations represent good health. Hyacinths and lotuses represent the rejuvenation of nature. Pommegranate represents fertility.