It was Marco Polo who had popularized the white ceramics called porcelain after his much celebrated travel to China. In the ancient times, the secret of top quality porcelain making rested solely with China. So importing from China was the only way to get the porcelain items till the 17th century. But in the eighteenth centur Limoges began to produce porcelain on its own under Marquis of Pompadour. In 1925 the Paris International Exhibition of Decorative Art and Modern Industries exhibited Limoges porcelain and thereafter Limoges was recognized as the Porcelain capital of the world. At present the Limoges porcelain industry produces a variety of functional and décor objects. Now the Limoges artisans have excelled themselves in producing exquisite porcelain objects, which are painted with all sorts of lovely images.