Turkish Tiles

July 27th, 2012 Permalink

The Story of Turkish Ceramic Tiles and how they arrived in the Canadian Sufi Cultural Centre via New York City and 15 years. As told by Tevfik Baba. 15 years ago, 126 boxes of Turkish Ceramic Tiles were brought one by one via American Sufi Travellers visiting Istanbul from New York City and beyond. The 126 boxes intended home was to be Sufi Centre in Toronto. At the time, no one knew which building would be purchased and if the number of tiles would be enough. Miraculously, they had exactly the number of Turkish Tiles needed to adorn the Canadian Sufi Cultural Centre which you see in these photographs. The Sufi Centre is located at 274 Birmingham Street at Kipling Avenue in Etobicoke-Lakeshore. (15 photos total) — HiMY SYeD

Art Professor Ahmet Sinav visiting from Turkey watches Tevfik Baba with candy drawer. Tevfik Baba often shares candies with children who are visiting the Canadian Sufi Cultural Centre.

 

 

2 Turkish ceramic tilework on display in Canadian Sufi Cultural Centre prayer hall. Friday July 27 2012. #

 

3 “Muhammad” Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him. Calligraphy on Turkish ceramic tile on wall of Jerrahi Sufi Centre in Etobicoke. Friday July 27 2012. #

 

4 Reflection of sunlight through window on south wall upon Turkish ceramic tilework adorning the Mihrab, the Imam’s prayer niche inside Jerrahi Sufi Centre in Etobicoke. Friday July 27 2012. #

 

5 Calligraphy Right to Left: Allah, God Alone; Verse from the Qur’an; Muhammad, Peace be upon him. Islamic Calligraphy adorning the top of Mihrab, the Imam’s prayer niche inside Jerrahi Sufi Centre in Etobicoke. Friday July 27 2012. #

 

6 Verse from the Qur’an Calligraphy adorning left side of Mihrab, the Imam’s prayer niche inside Jerrahi Sufi Centre in Etobicoke. Friday July 27 2012. #

 

7 Flower motif upon ceramic tiling on inside edge of Mihrab, the Imam’s prayer niche. Jerrahi Sufi Centre in Etobicoke. Friday July 27 2012. #

 

8 Four new handmade Turkish Ceramic tiles have been hand delivered from Istanbul by the artist to Jerrahi Sufi Centre in Etobicoke. Friday July 27 2012. #

 

9 Four new handmade Turkish Ceramic tiles have been hand delivered from Istanbul by the artist to Jerrahi Sufi Centre in Etobicoke. Friday July 27 2012. #

 

10 The Islamic Declaration of Faith,The Shahadah, bearing witness There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad (upon whom be peace) is The Last Messenger, above entrance to main prayer hall inside Jerrahi Sufi Centre in Etobicoke. Friday July 27 2012. #

 


11 The Islamic Declaration of Faith,The Shahadah, bearing witness There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad (upon whom be peace) is The Last Messenger, above entrance to main prayer hall inside Jerrahi Sufi Centre in Etobicoke. Friday July 27 2012. #

 

12 Turkish ceramic tiles adorm much of the east wall of main prayer hall inside Jerrahi Sufi Centre in Etobicoke. Friday July 27 2012. #

 

13 Imam Abdulvehab Hoxha prays in front of the Mihrab, Imam’s prayer niche, which is elaborate with Turkish ceramic tiles with Verses from the Qur’an in Calligraphy.Jerrahi Sufi Centre in Etobicoke. Friday July 27 2012. #

 

14 Signature tile of ceramil artist Altin Cini. One of four new handmade Turkish Ceramic tiles delivered from Turkey by the artist to Jerrahi Sufi Centre in Etobicoke. Friday July 27 2012. #

 

15 Having received candy earlier from Tevfik Baba inside, young brother Daoud sits outside The Jerrahi Sufi Centre in Etobicoke. Friday July 27 2012. #

 

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