Cuerda seca literally means 'dry cord' and refers to the cord used to outline and contain the glazes applied to tiles which was dried away during the firing process. The two examples above illustrate dramatically the greater freedom of line allowed by this technique. The first example shows a panel in the Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque with mongol inspired chrysanthemum patterns, while the ornate tracery of the secnd one is from the covered entranceway of
the Masjed-e-Imam. It achieved its importance because of the speed with which patterns could be produced.
Last Updated December 19, 1998