Friday, April 12, 2013


Spring is here! April is tulip time in Istanbul. So I wanted to share some of my photos. Did you know that the word tulip comes from Turkish? The Ottoman Empire even had a historical period called the tulip period. So tulip is a big deal here and you probably know this if you're familiar with Ottoman art. You see tulips as a common motif in Turkish art, for example, in Turkish marbling and tiles. The original word in Turkish is 'tülbent' which is what we call the traditional Turkish scarfs, not the flower. In Turkish we call tulips 'lale'. Anyway, tulips are everywhere and they make me happy.

I hope you enjoyed the photos. I saved the best for last, the Ottoman tulip, for those of you who looked at all the photos. Patience and curiosity should be rewarded :-) The Ottoman tulip is usually red, much smaller than the regular ones, and it has pointy petals as you can see in the photo below. Isn't it pretty? This is the beautiful muse for a plethora of Turkish artwork.


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