The Topkapi Palace was the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years (1465 - 1856) and home to over 4,000 people at the height of its existence. Much of the inner areas of the palace were decorated with richly coloured Iznik and Kütahya tiles with many repeating patterns spread across multiple tile sets creating unique and interesting wall designs.

Some of the courtyard buildings like the 'Baghdad Kiosk' even had an elaborate ceramic ceiling design with the surrounding furniture adorned with beautiful mother-of-pearl and tortoise-shell inlays. Hardly any wall space was left undecorated in the palace with many rooms have multiple ceramic tile designs next to each other.
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