“But the sight of wonder is, when travelling over the

plains suddenly to come upon an encaustic tiled

mosque. It is colored all over in yellow, blue, green and

other hues, and as a distant view of it is caught at

sunrise, its stately domes and glittering minarets seem

made of the purest gold, like glass, enameled in azure and green

a fairy- like apparition of inexpressible grace and the most enchanting splendor.”


The beautiful glazed blue pottery is being done in Multan since the advent of Mohammad Bin Qasim. Blue and white pottery flourished in kashan (city of Iran) during the Safavid Dynasty. This blue and white ware came to sub-continent with the Moguls and thus made its centre in Multan. It is known as Kashikari. It was the various shades of blue, from turquoise to lapis, that became the most popular all over the Muslim world. Such is the magic of this stunning craft that is blue pottery which is still known internationally because of its floral geometric patterns, its craftsmanship and shades of blue.  Blue color is a color of nature and the sign of peace, calm and courage. Ancestors of this art selected white color for the base of the pottery and blue color for the designs to give a pleasant look in the hot climate of Multan. This combination become the trend and identity of this art and it come to know “Blue Pottery” for all over the world.

Due to the modernization artisans enhance this art by addition of different shades of blue like dark blue, light blue, sky blue and Berylline. Now other than blue some more colors are added like mustard, green, yellow and brown. People likes these designs and color combination world widely. Percy Brown said,

“The fertility of design and the diversity of color in the scheme are amazing, and although in its present state a somewhat vivid yellow is inclined to predominate, each panel, spandrel and border is in itself a work of art, rivaling in the brilliance of its hues, the sheen of the blue jays and green parrots which flit above its walls. There could be no finer illustration of that ardent desire for a display of exuberant color innate in East then these glazed tile buildings of the Punjab.

Now being educationist, policy makers, government and traders it is our duty to save the dying culture of Multani blue pottery and provide a station for all artisans to enhance and save the shades of blue.