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A handmade rug, a gorgeous textile, a pair of mother-of-pearl earrings, or a copper coffeepot… Countless products have been crafted from the prosperous life and values of Anatolia for thousands of years and have become a cultural heritage by being passed on from master to apprentice.

Local producers chandelier makers, Turkish delight makers , Honey suppliers , Ceramic makers . In the old days, each district in İstanbul, stood out with its traditional craft, just like its traditional flavors. Centuries-old bazaars, large and small workshops, and many boutiques with their handcrafted, unique goods await you.

Turkısh Carpets And Kılıms Hand-Made Carpets

The Oriental Carpets and the Turks The carpet is a gift from the Turkish people to world civilization. The knotted rug, the earliest samples of which have been found in Central Asia where the Turks used to live, is an art form discovered, developed and presented to the world by the Turks. In order to protect themselves from the cold of the Central Asian steppes, where they used to live, the Turks invented the carpet using lamb’s wool which was abundant. Turks have taken this art form with them and spread it wherever they have traveled.

Hand-Made Carpets

The carpet is a woven textile which is produced by knotting colored threads on the warp, compressed by the weft. Two types of knots are used in producing carpets: The Turkish (Gördes-symmetrical) knot is wrapped around two warps and the Persian (Sineasymmetric) knot around a single warp. The Gördes knot makes a carpet stronger, firmer and more durable, while the Sine knot allows the weaving of different patterns. The tighter the knots, the finer and stronger is the carpet.
Turkish carpets and kilims are in the most valuable collections of museums and collectors in the world. Today, world museums exhibit the carpets woven in Anatolia as their most important and valuable works of art, beginning from the Seljuk period and continuing with the Ottoman Empire.
Anatolian carpets and kilims with their lively colors, motifs, patterns and superior quality have a universal reputation. Natural dyes are used, where many families have kept their knowledge of which leaves, flowers, roots and vegetables would yield the most radiant colors

Handmade Ceramic Tecnique

Ceramic wares had a stonepaste body, whose plumbiferous nature and high percentage of frit (a vitreous substance) set them apart from earlier stonepaste pottery produced in the Islamic world. According to the latest analyses, the composition of the stonepaste of Iznik ceramics was as follows: 65 to 75 % quartz (figure 7); 15 to 18% frit rich in lead and lime; 3 to 4 % highly plumbiferous frit; only 8 to 13 % non-calcareous clay. The addition of frit, obtained from crushed glass, was indispensable here, as when molten it would form a binder between the quartz particles. The low clay content of stonepaste reduced its malleability, making it difficult to turn; certain forms such as dishes with everted flanges or chargers were therefore obtained with the help of a template placed on the wheel and an exterior mold.

The body was then coated with thinned siliceous clay that was similar in composition to the paste and providing a perfect “fit” to the body. The decoration was applied to this slip coating when dry or after an initial firing of the body. It was trailed using a brush and various pigments and coated with a colourless glaze.

Designs were traced either with freehand drawings or with stencils in twins pieces and in highly structured compositions with repeated identical motifs.

Another distinctive feature of Iznik ceramics is the glaze coating the decoration. The composition of the glaze contained tin-opacified lead. This vitreous substance was of a highly pure composition here, characterised by a very low potash and magnesia content; these residual elements traditionally found in lead-alkali glazes came from their alkaline flux that was obtained from the ashes of plants from coastal or desert regions. The virtually total absence of such residue may be due to an additional ash purification stage, a technique used to produce Venetian cristallo glass from the mid-fifteenth century onward and which may have come to the notice of Iznik potters. The extremely transparent glazes of Iznik ceramic wares nonetheless contained a small proportion of tin. Firing temperatures for Iznik ceramics can only be estimated; such estimations range from 850-900° C to 1200° C.

Turkish Delight

The recipe for Turkish delight was included in the cookbook named Melceü’t – Tahahhin, which was first published in 1844. After that, Turkish delight production started to increase rapidly. In this way, the history of Turkish delight began to develop and change rapidly.

Every year, our company has started to produce many different types of Turkish delight by making use of new materials and techniques. Thanks to these rapid developments, Turkish delight has become a global brand today. For these reasons and because of its unique taste, the world named Turkish delight as ”Turkish delight”.

Today, it is among the flavors that all tourists who come to our country buy the most and do not go without tasting. Turkey registers each type of this national flavor that it produces, by obtaining patents on international platforms.