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Our monthly events are for IWI members, and their guests. Come Join the Fun.

Reservation Policy: If you make a reservation and do not show up IWI is obliged to pay the vendor for you regardless. Therefore, please cancel within the cancellation period noted in the description of the activity. Reservations that are not appropriately cancelled, including guests, must be paid for by the member.

Upcoming events

    • 24 Jan 2019
    • 11:00 - 14:00
    • Sultanahmet
    • 11

    This activity combines two very unusual experiences in a few hours.

    We will start with a visit to a very off-the-beaten Byzantine Cistern, which currently hosts a beautiful exhibition on Byzantine Hippodrome. Our IWI Partner,  Serif Yenen  will be giving an overview on the exhibition.

    Then there will be a very informative presentation on Turkish carpets. A carpet is more a work of art than an article which people step on for everyday use.

    To understand how valuable Turkish carpets are, it is better to go back to their origin. 

    Marco Polo, during his journey through Seljuk lands towards the end of the 13C reported that the best and finest carpets were produced in Konya.

    A carpet can be likened to a poem; neither can tolerate any extra element which does not contribute to its wholeness and value. Therefore, just like in a poem, each pattern of a carpet is chosen for its beauty and motifs are carefully arranged to form rhymes.  

    Note: A pide lunch and drink is included in the price.

    • 29 Jan 2019
    • 10:30 - 12:30
    • Cihangir, Beyoğlu - details will be provided to registrants
    • 9

    Listed with UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, Ebru is the traditional Turkish art of creating colourful patterns by sprinkling and brushing colour pigments onto a pan of oily water and then transferring the patterns to paper. This is a very unusual art form, using special tools and materials including brushes of horsehair bound to straight rose twigs, a tray, natural earth pigments, cattle gall and tragacanth.

    The art of Ebru is believed to have been invented in the 13th Century. Seljuk and Ottoman calligraphers and artists used marbling to decorate imperial decrees, official correspondence and documents. It is often used as a background writing surface for calligraphy, and especially for book covers and endpapers in bookbinding. Part of its appeal is that each print is a unique monotype.

    This workshop will be a learning experience, in which you will become acquainted with the art of Ebru, and produce your own Ebru artwork. You will learn, from an expert artisan, how to make Turkish Ebru art using traditional techniques, practice different techniques and understand the secret of rich patterns to create your own style. The IWI has partnered with a leading Turkish culture and travel company in Istanbul to bring you this exclusive workshop. This is a great opportunity to understand the processes that go into making the beautiful pieces that you see in local bazaars, and to bring out your creativity by giving it a try yourself. A truly Turkish experience, and one that we are sure will be unforgettable

Programme Events Pricing Policy: Our policy in charging for event participation is to meet all of the event running costs, and to share these equally amongst attendees; however, attendance prices for Basic or Honorary members will in addition include a small surcharge (compared with Classic members) to contribute to the running costs of the IWI.

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