We are very proud of ourselves for contributing to making the near extincted encaustic cement tiles, which were not produced after 1950 except for a few small workshops in Morocco and Vietnam, to become the center of attention all over the world, again.
As Karoistanbul, we are re-producing handmade floor and wall covering tiles which have been widely used in many cultures in the past with universal art ethics.
By combining our long years of workshop experience with the modern and visionary attitude of our designers, we add aesthetic value to almost forgotten tiles.
With our modern techniques, we are able to make bespoke production in any desired pattern, color and size.
A patterned tile which is a typical Mediterranean material made by pouring cement, marble powder, aggregate and pigment into the mold and pressed with high pressure, also known as ‘’carreaux de ciment’’, started in France in the 1850s, spread all over the world from the Mediterranean Region to North Africa and from there to the Far East.
In the 1950s mosaic and tile manufacturers had started to be uncapable to compete with industrial products such as ceramics, linoleum, granite, which were relatively quicker and easier to produce than patterned mosaics tiles, they became unable to make production in a very short time. As a result of a forced defeat they had to leave this area.
In 1975, the foundations of Mavi Pencere were laid by Painter Zekai Bostancı in a small art studio in Istanbul Moda.
In 1980, in this small atelier, besides painting, production of stained glass, mosaic panel, ceramic tiles and fresco also terrazzo was started in the point of view of Tatbiki Güzel Sanatlar .
In the 1990s, R & D studies were begun on tile mosaics and all the obtained findings referred to the subject during those long years had been recorded. Thus a disappearing craftmanship and culture has been protected.