Ceramics occupy an important place with a profound and influential history in Anatolian Turkish decorative arts. The ceramics of Iznik – patronised by the sultans- were among the finest works of art in the Ottoman Empire. The successive stylistic phases reflect the major changes in Ottoman taste from the late 15th to the 17th century. Iznik tiles reached their zenith in the second half of the 16th century. The technical quality, beauty and exquisite designs of this pottery made it one of the most popular and enduring art forms of the Islamic world.