In terms of media, ceramic arts constitute the largest component of the DDFIA collection. While both portable ceramic vessels and tilework are represented, tilework is the collection’s indisputable strength. As with several other collection highlights, the DDFIA’s tilework is indicative of Doris Duke’s (1912–93) domestic circumstances—her desire to cover her home’s expansive walls. Considered here are four notable sub-collections: Ilkhanid (Iran), Ottoman (Syria and Turkey), Qajar (Iran), and Pahlavi (Iran).
The DDFIA’s collection of Ilkhanid tilework represents major trends in secular and religious architectural decoration from the 1260s through the first few decades of the fourteenth century and covers a wide range of techniques from underglaze-painted molded production to overglaze-painted luster and lajvardina.> Learn More Learn More