Šarena Džamija, (Macedonian: Шарена Џамија; Albanian: Xhamia e Pashës; Turkish: Alaca Cami) meaning Decorated Mosque in English, is a mosque located near the Pena River in Tetovo, Macedonia. Unlike the traditional Ottoman ceramic tile decorations in mosques, the Šarena Džamija has bright floral paintings, which is how it got its name. The mosque was originally built in 1438 and the architect behind it was called Isak Bey. Most mosques of the time had sultans, beys or pashas financing their constructions, but the Šarena Džamija, however, was financed by two sisters from Tetovo. Abdurrahman Pasha, a great enthusiast of art who was fond of Tetovo, reconstructed the Šarena Džamija in 1833.
Art and Architecture - Ottoman tiles in the Topkapı Palace. Often featuring geometric or floral patterns, tiles help to keep the rooms of the palace cool during hot summer weather. İznik and Kütahya are the most well-known types of tiles found in the palace, dating from the 15th and 18th centuries, respectively.
“A brilliant but short‑lived episode in the history of Anatolian ceramic production was the appearance of tiles decorated in the so‑called cuerda seca ("dry cord”) technique. In the cuerda seca process, thin bands of waxy resist maintain color separation between glazes during firing, but leave behind “dry cords” of unglazed tile. This technique seems to have been introduced to Turkey from Iran as early as the fourteenth century. These tiles are also distinguished by their curving shape, recalling their original placement—probably on the exterior of the polylobed tower of the Mevlana Turbesi (Tomb of Rumi) in Konya.“