V&A Style in Islamic Art Quiz

Floral fantasies

The Ottomans continued the Islamic tradition of using plant-based decoration that was only vaguely connected with reality. One type of spiralling scrollwork is set with enormous composite flowers, smaller rosettes and long, serrated ‘saz’ leaves. This is often called the ‘saz’ style. The leaves are the most distinctively Ottoman element, but the Ottomans themselves associated them with China. Here the leaves are interwoven with another ‘Chinese’ motif, an elongated cloud band.

Panel of tiles
Turkey, Iznik
About 1573
Museum No. 1889-1897