KUTAHYA, Turkey

For over four decades, an award-winning craftsman working in western Turkey has been making the world a more beautiful place one tile at a time.

Mehmet Gursoy, who was awarded the UNESCO Living Human Treasure Prize in 2009, has been contributing to the art of tiles for 44 years using 16th century designs and painting techniques in Kutahya, one of the best-known centers in the world for the unique art.

Gursoy told Anadolu Agency that traditional tile art, also defined as flowers blooming in fire, is an important branch of art that is a heritage passed down to

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