This design was understandably very popular in Istanbul in the second half of the sixteenth century. It was used in the Has Oda (Privy Chamber) of Murad III at the Topkapi Saray Palace and in its large domed antechamber (Rogers, J.M. (ed.): The Topkapi Saray Museum, Architecture, Boston, 1988, p.41, pls.61-8). In both rooms it serves as a border to the tile design found in lots 238 and 338 in this sale. A similar tile was sold at Sotheby's London, 16 October 1998, lot 60. An example of the same design, but with sloping decorated borders, from the Heidi Vollmoeller Collection is found as lot 331 in this sale.