The Ottoman Touch

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-10-07
  • Publisher: Blue Dome Pr
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The Ottoman Touch is an introduction to the classical arts and crafts of the Ottoman period. Being both an academic and artist, Kusoglu discovers the subtle secrets of various traditional arts and crafts, depicting them with lucid texts and vivid images. This book deserves to be a handbook for all who are interested in the Ottoman and Turkish history and art. Calligraphy, marbling, silver embossing, decorative beading, incrustation and many more are waiting to be discovered by avid readers.

Author Biography

Mehmet Zeki Kusoglu was born in Gaziantep, Turkey in 1943. He graduated from the state College of Applied Fine Arts, and received a government grant for postgraduate studies in Germany in 1964. He became interested in Turkish, Islamic, and Eastern art while conducting research in the museum and libraries in Germany and other European countries. His specialty includes wood, stone, and metal arts. He held exhibitions, published articles, and books, and gave seminars, teaching his classical and modern interpretations of these arts. He has published in his field more than 14 books.

Table of Contents

Savat (Niello)
Kalem Work (Engraving)
Silver Embossing
Telkari (Filigree)
Turkish Style Incrustation
Güherse (Decorative Beading)
The Seal in the Art of Engraving
Ottoman Cup Holders
Tepelik (Headdress Ornament)
From Talisman to Ornament
Ottoman Belts and Buckles
Ornamented Back of Mirrors
Bazubend: The Pride of the Brave
Silver Mushaf Cases
Ibriks (Ewers)
Turkish Spoons and Spoon-makers
Old Turkish Door Knockers
Turkish Bracelets
Karagöz: Turkish Shadow Play
Tophane Pipe
Turkish Tombstones and the “Huwa'l-Baqi” (He Is The Everlasting One) Inscription
Ottoman Visiting Cards
Mother-of-Pearl Inlay
Prayer Beads
The Signatures of Calligraphers

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