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Istanbul has been mother land for may societies throughout the world history, hence, at every corner of the city it is easy to see the valuable unique heritages of different cultures. With its great history, İstanbul has being a worthy inspiration source for many artists. Also, it is alwasy a wonderful place to people who want to taste colourful lifes. It is obvious that, in order to understand the life style of a city, first you should visit its bazaars.

This blog is serving for the beauties of İstanbul and Turkish ethnic culture. It is dedicated to explain the meanings behind the marks of its traditional goods which are mainly authentic Unique Gifts, Home Decoration, Handmade Jewelry, Oriental Carpets, Kilim Rugs. Now you can browse through Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar – online! Offering the history of high-quality Turkish crafts, home decoration, unique kilim rugs & Oriental carpets, handcrafted jewelry, and much more…


Floral Motifs In Tiles
An important cultural center during the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent, the rural town of Iznik (ancient Nicea) nestles on a lakeside in Northwest Turkey [Raed More...]
Turkish Coffee
From the days of the Ottoman Empire through to the present, coffee has played an important role in Turkish lifestyle and culture [Raed More...]
Copper Art
Turkish metal artwork dates as early as the 2nd and 3rd century BC in central Asia. In Anatolia, the oldest existing Seljuk piece of metalwork [Raed More...]
The Art of Turkish Textiles
Turkish fabrics are unique in weaving features, materials used and designs reflecting Turkish taste. Research on the subject identified about six hundred and fifty names such as [Raed More...]
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The Smoke of My Nargile!
The term nargile (hookah ,or water _pipe ) comes from the persian word nargil , which means coconut . Nargiles play an important part in many Eastern cultures [Read More...]
Turkish Evil Eyes
In Turkey, wherever you look, you’ll meet plenty of eyes looking at you. Glass evil eye beads. It is common in the Turkish culture to give a gift of a blue Nazar Boncugu [Read More...]
Turkish Jewelry
The court records dating from 1526 indicate that there were 90 jewelry artizans in the service of the Sultan. The art of Ottoman jewelry making reached its peak in the 16th century [Read More...]
Oriental Carpets’ Name
Rugs are named generally by the regions they are weave. Each region have their instictive patterns and special colours. Some of them are Bergama, Gonja, Karabagh, Kazak [Read More...]
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Concerts - Events

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Alnsn0nyO4Ihttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Alnsn0nyO4I Yasmine Hamdan, she is amazing sound which comes from Middle East. It is far away from classical East style that mixed with newest. Yasmine Hamdan was born in Beirut in 1978. She had travelled many times during her life. She spent part her life in Greece, Gulf countries and Paris, and now she is li...

Entertainment

Firuzaga Cafe
When someone mentions smt about Cihangir, you can have the first idea which is special cafe to hang out with your friends, family or all alone. Turists or strangers ask how they can go somewhere around there, everyone starts to tell them by choosing main place that is Firuzağa Mosque, how they can go or find destination from there. It looks like strange but there is a bakery and cafe, w...

Kilim Rugs

Rug Glossary
In this post, you can find a brief glossary about rugs. These words are most used terms during classifing and describing a rug; ABRASH Variation and striation of colors throughout the rug. ANTIQUE Rugs over 60 years old. BORDER A design that surrounds the field in an Oriental rug CAUCASIAN Rugs were mainly woven in Azerbaijan, which is part of the Caucasus region. CHEMICAL DYE...

Iznik Ceramics & Pottery

Floral Motifs In Tiles
An important cultural center during the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent, the rural town of Iznik (ancient Nicea) nestles on a lakeside in Northwest Turkey. Here in the early 16th century an "Imperial ware," now called Iznik, was made for the Istanbul court of the Ottoman Sultan--the richest, most powerful monarch in Europe. Originally inspired by Chinese pottery, Imperial ware was so...

Exhibitions

Kilim & Carpet Painting Exhibition at Rahmi M. Koc Museum
Turkish Kilims, Rugs and Carpets... All have distinctive magical patterns. Because of they are not just lovely objects but precious heirlooms that will be cherished by each generation to come, Georgios Maroudas who is a greece famous painter decided to make them appear on canvas. Rahmi M. Koc museum which was opened to visitors in 199 and in 1996 it was honoured to receive a specia...

Turkey

TheGuardian Writes "Why I love Turkey?"
Kevin Gould who is a writer at Saturday Travel Section of TheGuardian posted his sights about beauties of Turkey. Below, you can find this writing, but before let us give a brief information about him. Who is Kevin Gould? Kevin writes Eat Like A Local for the Guardian's Saturday Travel section. Having been a chef, a grocer, a restauranteur and a caterer, he and his stomach now trave...

Explore Istanbul

Istanbul City Guide
Istanbul is truly a world city, a city which everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. It is an enchanting blend of Eastern and Western culture, a vibrant, modern city, with a unique identity. Its rich past coexists alongside its youthful exuberance. Although no longer the capital of Turkey, Istanbul still remains the country's cultural and business centre. Below, you can...

Oriental Carpets

Washing and Care of the Rugs
A dirty or stained carpet should be washed with soft soap, without delay, rinsed with clean water and dried. A Turkish carpet is made to last and, therefore, requires certain care. The worst enemy of a carpet is damp. Therefore, it should not be left in a damp environment over a long period. There is no harm in washing and immediately drying a carpet. However, it should not be laid on ...

Oriental Carpets

Oriental Carpets' Name
Rugs are named generally by the regions they are weave. Regions in Anatolia Bergama Bergama is a little town in northwest part of the country; here there are approximately eighty villages which weave Bergama carpets. This ancient city was one of the most powerful and richest region in Anatolia. The history of carpet waving in this region has a very old background. Bergama carpets ha...

Musical Instruments

Musical Instruments
The musical instruments used by Turks are of three main groups: stringed, wind and percussion instruments. Turkish musical instruments were produced by the master-apprentice method in the Ottoman period. Traditional Turkish music is monophonic. Even though many instruments are used, they all play the same melody. The music reflects different emotions, mainly unrequited love and when it...

Turkish Coffee,Tea & Spice Sets

Turkish Coffee
From the days of the Ottoman Empire through to the present, coffee has played an important role in Turkish lifestyle and culture. The serving and drinking of coffee has had a profound effect on betrothal and gender customs, political and social interaction, prayer, and hospitality traditions throughout the centuries. Although many of the coffee rituals are not prevalent in today's soci...

Turkish Copper & Brass

Copper Art
Turkish metal artwork dates as early as the 2nd and 3rd century BC in central Asia. In Anatolia, the oldest existing Seljuk piece of metalwork is a silver tray with the inscription "Alp Arslan is the Greatest Sultan" and a silver candle stick dated 1137. Both pieces are at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Metal artwork reached its pinacle in the Ottoman Empire with the making of weaponr...

 

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