Baghdad Kilns History

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Trade with China at the end of the eighth century brought a large amount of imported stoneware and porcelain pottery vessels into the Abbasid Court at Baghdad. This influx of Chinese pottery inspired much imitation from the Islamic potters in Baghdad. Therefore, this Arab city became the center of Islamic culture in the ninth century, and here the first schools of ceramic making were established (Meri 2006). The earliest products of the Baghdad kilns are obvious attempts to imitate Chinese Tang porcelains, but soon the Muslim potters developed a taste of their own, and, although always inspired by Chinese examples, began to produce molded and multicolored wares of great beauty and originality (Lane
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