Istanbul, the city of a hundred mosques, has a long and fascinating history. For more than a thousand years, the city was known as Constantinople-capital of the Byzantine Empire. Its capture, predicted by the Prophet Muhammad was realized in 1453 when the city fell to the Ottoman sultan, Mehmet II, who made it the capital of an Islamic state that would endure for six centuries. Mehmet II quickly set about beautifying Constantinople the city he wanted to become 'the capital of the world. He assembled the best craftsmen of his day to complete massive construction projects. One of the most sought after artisans in the land was the tile-maker, Çinic Abdal Hay, whose unique, vibrant tomato red tiles would soon beautify many buildings in Mehmet's new capital. This book recounts the remarkable story of early Ottoman tile-making and the beautification of Istanbul. For a brief period in the late 15 and early 16 centuries, the fine art of tile-making was perfected by the artisans of Iznik. Their art still remains unsurpassed in its brilliance. And after five hundred years, Cinici Abdul Hay's amazing tomato red tiles still adorn countless mosques throughout the city.