May 5, 2009

Turkish Delights

Photos and compilation: Jen Buley

Clockwise from top left: Ottoman Empire-era calligraphy; parchment painting; detail of a 12th-century, gold-decorated sword sheath; detail of the sword hilt. Just a few of the delicious objects on permanent display at the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in Istanbul -- a treasure trove for textile and surface designers. The collection of antique Ottoman carpets is also outstanding.

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