Painting on Ceramic Tiles

One of the most advanced forms of Ottoman art is a painting on ceramic tiles. This form of decoration is a trademark of indoor decorating of Ottoman mosques and other buildings. Usually it was a large wall composition.

Leaf from Poem in Honor of the Prophet Muhammad

This folio from Walters manuscript W.582 is an illuminated page introducing the beginning of the poem. It consists of the main framed panel with a domed headpiece and decorated borders. The text is divided into four panels executed in naskh and thuluth scripts in black, gold and blue ink.

Istanbul - European Capital of Culture in 2010

"Istanbul is a European city. With its heart, culture, civilization, its people, past and future it always looked towards Europe. Istanbul shaped Europe and Europe shaped Istanbul." (Recep Tayyip Erdogan)