Faik KIRIMLI: The Man Hunting Out the RED
This blog article is about the legendary color coral red in Iznik tiles in the 16th century and the man who was searching for it since years as a passion. As Ararat we have the same passion of him to revive the natural colors from the antique rugs and pass this knowledge to the next generations. His passion is similar to ours and we respect his mindset and artworks so much.
Coral red is a color that was seen in Iznik tiles in the 16th century and produced for about 30-40 years and then lost its recipe. Its slightly fluffy texture on tiles, has become a legend for the ceramic art of the whole world with its extraordinarily saturated red. Faik KIRIMLI is an indicator of how much a person, only a master, can contribute to the art of the country.
Can Faik, who is chasing the color, reach the coral red? This was a frequently asked question. Art historian Prof. Dr. Nurhan Atasoy answered this question as follows;
“Today, the master who produces the best red that comes closest to the Coral Red is Faik KIRIMLI. But master Faik still continues to search for coral red today.”
-Soon or late, I’ll catch you, I told myself. Maybe I’ll die but I won’t give up chasing you!’ Faik KIRIMLI told while searching for the Red color.
Born in 1935, Faik KIRIMLI is known as a tile master. Devoting his life to tile research, the artist defines himself as an engraving painter, although he is known for his tiles. The artist, who has not been able to experience the master-apprentice relationship, which has an important place in craftsmanship, strives throughout his life to transfer his knowledge to future generations.
Tile making, hidden in the dusty shelves of history, is revived with his research. The artist’s first encounter with tiles begins with the pieces of broken plates that his two friends, who are antique dealers in the Grand Bazaar, showed him. Faik KIRIMLI rediscovered the tile production technique with an intense research and trial process in that period (the 1960s), when the undamaged versions of Iznik tiles could not be found.
Iznik Style Tiles by Faik KIRIMLI’s Workshop and Signed by him