Ming vases got their name because the rise in availability and popularity of porcelain goods reached its peak during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.) in China.
During this period, the kilns at Jingdezhen (the porcelain capital of China) were able to produce large amounts of high-quality porcelain to readily provide all of China with vases, bowls, urns, and other goods.
Popular styles included red monochrome vases, yellow imperial bowls, and the detailed, enameled pieces with traditional patterns on them.
This is the era that produced so much blue and white porcelain, it found its way to distant shores and became the inspiration for Holland’s Dutch delftware patterns.
Other industries, like cotton and silk weaving, flourished during the Ming dynasty period as well.