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Tulip Time in Istanbul!!!
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10.       jools
162 posts
 14 Apr 2008 Mon 12:09 am

so strange to think Turkey gave tulips to Amsterdam

11.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 14 Apr 2008 Mon 02:29 am

Tulips originated in Turkey getting their name from the Turkish word "tulbend" which means turban. Tulips were thought to look like the turbans. (Hats that were worn in Turkey at that time.) I have always mistakenly associated the origin of Tulips with Holland. Tulips were introduced to Holland from Persia.

http://www.allaboutturkey.com/tulip.htm

12.       teaschip
3870 posts
 14 Apr 2008 Mon 09:57 pm

I had no idea that tulips originated in Turkey. I thought they came from Holland.

13.       deli
5904 posts
 14 Apr 2008 Mon 10:01 pm

Well there you go teacup you learn something new everyday

14.       MarioninTurkey
6124 posts
 14 Apr 2008 Mon 10:08 pm

It is not just tulip/tülbent/turban connection with Islam.

Tulip also has a spiritual meaning as the Turkish word lale has the same consonants as the name of Allah. When written in Arabic script they are similar.

Some suspect this is why the current government supports the tulips being planted everywhere.

I must admit, I don't worry about the cosmic politics and enjoy being cheered up by the lovely roadside flowers when I am stuck in traffic!!

15.       teaschip
3870 posts
 14 Apr 2008 Mon 10:10 pm

Maybe I'll plant some tulips near my pond. Then I'll be reminded of Turkey, how nice.

16.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 14 Apr 2008 Mon 10:47 pm

lâle Iznik Tile


http://www.e-turchia.com/Calendario_2004.htm

Iznik Tiles are admired worldwide for the following reasons:

* Iznik Tiles are made on a very clean white base with hard backs and underglazed decorations in a unique technique.
* 70-80 percent of an Iznik tile is composed of quartz and quartzite. Its beauty arises from the harmonious composition of three successive quartz layers and a paste-slip-glaze combination which is extremely difficult to bring together. The mixture of quartz, clay and glaze disperses in a very wide thermic spectrum at 900 centigrade. After painstaking research, the problem of the fluctuating thermal behavior of the tiles due to their quartz and rock crystal composition is solved. The result is a tile made primarily out of a semi-precious stone: quartz.
* Even though it may appear to be against the principle of "ceramic textural unity", the porous structure of the tiles cause dilatation or shrinkage in hot, cold or freezing conditions. It is said that this particular aspect of the structure "allows it to breathe".
* In Iznik tiles, one can observe colors resembling those of semi-precious stones such as the dark blue of lapis lazuli, the blue of turquoise, the redness of coral, the green of emerald.
* Some of the colors observed on the tiles and utensils, particularly the coral red, are very hard to obtain and apply. To obtain all of these colors, the cornea white and opaque sheen glazes are required. The slightly opaque quality of the glaze on the tiles absorbs light and reduces strain on the eyes. It not only protects the tile but also help it breathe.
* The figures on the tiles and utensils reflect allegorical and symbolic characteristics and the flora and fauna of the region. The geometrical designs can be interpreted almost cosmologically as a general description or depiction of the world or the Universe. They blend beautifully with the surrounding architectural constructions in which they are found, and are never overpowering or overstated, but always tend towards a timeless discretion and moderation.
* The Foundation researchers have been using the classical Iznik tile designs on the productions, reviving the mystery of the creation of the Iznik tile. Throughout the production processes, the main objective is to master the traditional technological methods rather than embrace those of our own day. In order to preserve the authenticity of the Iznik tiles, the Iznik Foundation utilizes raw materials that are akin to those of the 16th century.
Pictures of Iznik Tiles
http://www.squidoo.com/iznik




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