(Maybe not exactly a travel question, but I hope it's on the subject here.)
Several years ago, while traveling in Montenegro, in a souvenir shop in Kotor and in a shop in Ulcinj, I found beautiful ceramic dishes, tableware and other items:
I liked them a lot, but they were somewhat expensive (~ € 20-30 for a large plate), so I bought several, not as much as I wanted. They do not bear the manufacturer's mark of any kind (except "Handmade 65" on one of them, shown in the photo above).
Later I saw them at a souvenir shop in my hometown of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (the shop specializes in & # 39; souvenirs from around the world & # 39;), but there were only a few and also expensive (about the same price).
I am now in Cyprus, and here are similar items in every souvenir shop. Slightly cheaper, but not much cheaper.
After searching Google, I find this can be called Turkey Iznik pottery (eg 1, 2), although the Wikipedia page on Iznik pottery does not have images of this style specifically, all images are of a similar style but different. I also remember finding an article on the internet that said Istanbul markets have a lot of those items at really low prices, but I can't find that item right now.
I will probably be in Istanbul next year, and I hoped that in some market I would find the same items, but much more than in the souvenir shops, since the latter are always expensive.
So my questions are:
- Is the name of Iznik pottery / ceramics correct? If not, what is the proper name of the articles of this style? If yes, is there a more specific name?
- Where are they made
- Can I buy them somewhere cheaper than in the stores where I have seen them? What typical prices should I expect?
Please note that I am not talking about authenticity, originality or whatever, all I want is to buy quality items of that style; that is, if items of this style are produced in multiple locations today, I don't care which one is "original." Also, I am not interested in similar but different styles, as shown in Wikipedia article about Iznik pottery, Uzbek pottery etc.