Sema Ceremony

Everything in the universe, from atoms to the solar system and to the blood which circulates in the body, revolves. Sema is a ritual, a spiritual journey which the soul makes to God as it becomes mature and attains unity. After this journey, it returns to its life and to serve humankind again. In dervish…

The Mevlevi Order

Mainly accepted to be the mystical dimension of Islam, Sufism has been defined as a means by which a person makes his personality free from bad habits, cleanses his soul and attains maturity with his love for God. Sufism is a lifestyle; it is a different attitude to life. On the other hand, order is…

Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi

Hz. Mevlana was born in 30 September 1207 in the city of Balkh of Horasan, where Turkish tribes lived (today Balkh is within the boundaries of Afghanistan). His mother was Mumine Hatun, who was the daughter of Rukneddin, the emir of Balkh and his father was Bahaeddin Veled, who was called as Sultan-i Ulema (the…

Turkish Fabrics

Turkish Fabrics Turkish fabrics loom large in the evolution of fabric with its weaving technique, specialty of material, pattern richness. It is limited to tell about the origin of Turkish fabrics. The first samples of Turkish weaving art which has bright colors and rich ornaments can be seen at the pictures of the Buddhist caves…

Calligraphy

Calligraphy Calligraphy word which means line or a line of writing in Arabic language has been used as a meaning of beautiful hand writing which is written with Arabic letters today. Calligraphy is beautiful writing art and writers are called calligraphers. It has various kinds like Kufic, Thuluth, Naskh, Absolute, Reyhani, Tevki (Sultan’s sign), Icaze,…

Turkish Leather

Turkish Leather As one of the oldest craft of the world, nowadays, Leatherworking has been sustaining manufacture tradition which had brought through the centuries in Anatolia where hosted the oldest civilizations of the world… It is a huge manufacturing sector which comes from centuries with its factories, confection workshops, leather tanning complexes in many cities…

Iznik Tiles

Iznik Tiles Iznik Tile is a work of art which has been honored in all over the world. Tile is a Turkish Handcraft which has not got old and worn off from old centuries to today. Everything starts by obtaining the clay which is mixed the quartz mine in equal ratio and giving the shape…

Jewelry

Jewelry Jewelry design has been an important part of Turkey’s history for 5000 years. Ottoman jewelry was ornate and extremely colorful, with jewelers using a variety of metals in each piece. This use of multiple materials differentiates Turkish designs from most European jewelry, which is typically crafted from a single metal, usually silver or gold.…

Turkish Rugs

Turkish Rugs Turkey has been famous for its hand woven rugs since the 15th century when Venetian traders introduced “Turkish work” rugs to wealthy Europeans. Many, many Turkish rugs in a variety of qualities come from Anatolia in western and South-western Turkey. Fine wool rugs on cotton have been woven in Ushak and Kayseri and…

Spice Bazaar

Spice Bazaar Spice Bazaar is near the Flower Bazaar and behind the New Mosque. It is one of the old covered bazaars. It is still very famous with herbalists and all kinds of spices, rare plant roots, dried fruits, nuts, saffron, Turkish delights, sweets, caviar and different food stuff can be found. Only, the most…