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Turkish Folk Art

Nasreddin Hodja

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Nasreddin Hoja had a dishonest neighbor to whom he wanted to teach a lesson. One day he asked this neighbor for  the loan of a cauldron. After a few days, he returned it with a small saucepan in it. When the man asked what it was all about, Nasreddin Hoja answered that his cauldron had given birth to a baby - a saucepan    A short while later, Nasreddin Hoja again asked for the loan of the same cauldron. His neighbour, hoping for another "birth" gave it to the "imbecile" Hoja.   This time many days passed, and the cauldron had...

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Turkish Lanterns

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  We have mosaic lanterns & candle holders, hand-blown optic glass candle holders, and Ottoman and Seljuk style lanterns from Turkey. These lanterns and candle holders are all hand-done, which makes each one of them very unique and one-of-a-kind. Mosaic lamps are made of original colour of glasses.When the lamp is lit , the glasses cause colorful shades , which can suddenly change the ambiance of a room by its inspiring view . None of the glasses are painted nor applied a transaction. Metal parts of the products are made of brass and filigree . Each parts of the lamps are...

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Process of Making Hand-Woven Rugs

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  Sheep grazing in the out skirts of Hasan Dag. These are the sheep wool gathered from. Arabic Wool. Konya Wool                      Tamer is holding our raw wool        Stack of raw wool Sheered good wool       Good wool left, low grade wool right   Shepherd's dog called "Karabash" Wool is dyed  with natural ingredients in this pool. Wool dying rack built by Suat's uncle. Walnut skin for shade of natural brown. Chehri used for yellow and green.    Hardal for Yellow.        Indigo for Blue and its shades     Cumin Straws for Cream color.  Used for Cream and Browns. Different tones for Cream and Brown   Cumin                   Naturally...

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The Visual Language of Turkish Kilims.

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Most Turkish kilim designs have their roots in the conservative, indigenous, pre-Christian and pre-Islamic backgrounds of the rural population and are related to the basic themes of life: birth, marriage, fertility; spiritual life and happiness; love and unison; and death. They reflect the ancient cults and practices of their ancestors around these events. There are many symbols in the vocabulary of the weaver and many stylizations of each symbol. Unlocking the keys to these symbols reveals a deeper insight into the values, dreams and culture of the Anatolian people and expresses layer upon layer of history and influence in the...

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Turkish Talisman (Nazar Boncugu: Evil Eye)

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Turkish Talisman, (Evil Eyes), is an object which you believe has magic powers to protect you or bring good luck. Turkish people believe that it absorbs bad energy coming from evil eyes. Usually, no one leaves Turkey without purchasing a blue and white evil eye charm. No place of business or home is without one. They come in many styles, from simple to ornate. Usually, they are made of glass but also can be made of plastic. Legend has it that it protects you from "bad luck". "Bad Luck" translates into evil or harm wished upon you from another. When...

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