Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Inspired by... Turkey

I have decided to start a little series of posts about different countries, how they inspire people to create today, and how they translate into modern design and craft. It is something that I am excited about, so here goes, with Week 1: Turkey.

Now I don't know much about Turkey aside from the fact that it inspired a sweet "Delight" that I hate, and has a capital city that has an identity crisis. Istanbul or Constantinople? Great song.

However, I do know that the craft and art from and inspired by Turkey is an amazing thing. Beautiful woven textiles, rich and ornate jewellery, and shiny ceramics - Ahhh. Here's a little taste of the things I have found whilst searching all things Turkish.


Turkish Craft Ceramic Bowl, photo by Janetski on Flickr


To get you further intrigued with Turkey, how about this: the original biblical "Garden of Eden" is there, as well as the place where Noah's Ark came to rest - Mt Ararat.


Also, Turkey is home to the world's largest and heaviest chandelier, in Dolmabahce Palace. Well, what do you know?






8 comments:

Penny said...

Awesome! I don't know much about Turkey either, great post! I love the pink scarf, it's gorgeous.

AnastasiaC said...

a cool idea...dont know too much about Turkey only political stuff about what happened with the Cyprus invasion and i dont want to get into that...
but i bet the food is fantastic!! gorgeous scarf!

planettreasures said...

what beautiful turkish 'delights'!
Cant wait to see what next week's country is.

carmel said...

Great idea for a blog post I look forward to reading more :)
Great Turkey picks this week-thanks for sharing

lyptis said...

Hey, pretty stuff!

Great idea for a feature!!

And speaking of soap, dont forget those beautiful bath houses! *sigh*

michvanetta said...

My friends hubby is Turkish and they have a shop here in Melbourne where they import rugs and ceramic goods from Turkey. I love being in their shop, the ceramics are just beautiful and actually tell a story.
Great post Emma.

vanilla pixie (Carley) said...

What a cool idea - I'm going to be intrigued by your series.
The intricate design on the soap is just amazing

Chrisy said...

Doesn't that soap look wonderful...Turkey has fabulous leather goods (if ur into leather) and gorgeous scenery and yummy food...