Jerusalem Pottery Hagop Karakashian, Jerusalem

Jerusalem Pottery Hagop Karakashian, Jerusalem

Surprisingly, Jerusalem stands as the sole remaining hub for the production of authentic Armenian ceramics worldwide. Characterized by traditional glazes crafted from metallic oxides, alongside hand-painted designs, Armenian pottery is renowned for its distinctiveness. Vibrant yet grounded hues, notably cobalt blue, take center stage, often featuring the peacock motif symbolizing longevity.

In the 18th century, numerous Armenian artisans, masters of this craft, resided in Turkey. In 1919, the British government summoned Armenian craftsmen to restore the ceramic tiles on the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem. Among them were members of the Karakashian family, who settled in the city and established the esteemed Jerusalem Pottery.

The shop proudly showcases an extensive array of ceramics, often featuring Christian themes, some exuding joviality, particularly evident in wall plaques. Additionally, traditional crockery such as plates, bowls, mugs, and platters, alongside wooden trays adorned with embedded tiles, all brightly colored, featuring floral motifs, Persian-style hares, or deer, grace the collection. Each piece bears the unmistakable touch of authenticity, hand-painted and signed by the skilled artisans of the Karakashian Brothers.

A word of caution:
While these vessels are perfect for serving, they are not suitable for microwave or oven use. Beware of imitation pieces mass-produced in Hebron factories, which may lack the durability and craftsmanship of genuine Armenian pottery.

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