Turkish Folk Art

Anatolian Turkish Copper

The world copper comes from the Latin word "cuprum," which is derived from "Cyprus," anciently renowned for its copper mines. It began to be used as a substitute for stone some 10,000 years ago. Though pure raw copper can be found, copper is normally obtained by smelting or leaching ore. Copper ore contains minute quantities of gold and silver, and old Turkish copper is characterised by the presence of these two precious metals. Modern copper has had these valuable elements removed during processing before the craftsmen receive the metal in sheet form. In Turkey, copper is mined in several locations,...

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Anatolian Turkish Pottery

The potteries in Turkey have their origins in Phrygian times. For thousands of years the local clay has been shaped and decorated into objects both utilitarian and beautiful. Their designs reflect the legacy of the numerous civilizations. Today many of the potteries still use traditional methods and tools. As the forebears have done for centuries, potters continue to prepare the clay, give it shape, fire it, glaze and paint it. First the mixture of clay and kaolin is sieved, then ground into a fine paste. It is then left to rest in tanks, pressed through rollers, and then rests again...

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Anatolian Turkish Ceramic & Tiles

 The art of Turkish tiles and ceramics occupies a place of prominence in the history of Islamic art. Its roots can be traced at least as far back as the Uighurs of the 8th and 9th centuries.The art of Turkish tile and ceramic-making developed over the centuries incorporating many different techniques and styles. Enriched by the arrival of the Seljuks, the ceramic industry in Anatolia achieved a deservedly worldwide reputation with the support of the Ottoman court. Today, Kutahya has been revived as an important center of tile and ceramic-making. In addition, efforts are also being made in private workshops...

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