From pre-Harappa to the Late Harappa period, there is no documented evidence of a tradition, of glazed pottery in India. However a high quality of burnished ware has been found during the Harappa period. Around 400 BC during the reign of the Mauryan Kings a highly polished ware called the Northern Black Polished Ware was found. Some of this fired at higher temperatures even had a lustrous appearance, however there was no evidence of glaze being used on pottery at this time.
After the Mauryans, the Sunga-Kushan Pottery and all through the Gupta period the pottery was mostly red ware. Painted, decorated but not glazed. During the eighth and twelfth centuries when the Rajput Kings were in power they brought craftsmen from Afghanistan to make glazed tiles to embellish their forts. These craftsmen brought with them glaze technology and