Haseki Hürrem Sultan and her Contribution to the Development of Ottoman Art

Haseki Hürrem Sultan, a beloved wife of the Kanuni Sultan Süleyman I, represents one of the most prominent figures of Ottoman history. Today, there are different opinions about her exact origin (“Was she Ukrainian or Russian?”), but it is known that she was purchased as a slave and brought to the sultan's palace where she embraced Islam and received quality education.

Painting on Ceramic Tiles

One of the most advanced forms of Ottoman art is a painting on ceramic tiles. This form of decoration is a trademark of indoor decorating of Ottoman mosques and other buildings. Usually it was a large wall composition.