Islamic Patterns & Tezhib

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Beginning 2015 I joined Turkish illumination/gilding course with my wonderful teacher Dilara Yarci. It simply means painting with gold. This requires special gold ink and technique to paint old Ottoman motifs. The complication of the process lies in drawing the motifs first, then at painting them. And one of the rules of illumination is to paint the full pattern with gold first then apply colors to it.

When I first started drawing patterns I discovered a way to draw corner patterns myself. From there it was easy to map the way I want to draw my simple patterns. So when I got into the Ottoman motifs I had a slight idea on the shapes but it wasn’t easy.

From there on, I bought several books to educate myself on how to draw Ottoman motifs. It was so challenging to learn everything myself but after years from reading, drawing, and watching other motif designers I began to know the technique behind drawing a full Ottoman motif.

Visiting Turkey helps with the learning process too! Visiting Camii’s (Masjids) with all of their beautiful patterns and decorations really inspire designers a lot.

In my last visit to Turkey I got to see yet new places and visit new Camiis. It was such a wonderful and amazing trip. Also, I managed to buy the most important tezhib/gilding tool which is the Muhre. This tool is used to brighten the gold letting it shine. And while I was looking at the other art tools in the store ( It’s called Guven Sanat: http://guvensanat.com ) I saw small watercolor palette that most artists and motif designers are using all over the Instagram. It’s really helpful to carry such a set with you anywhere even when traveling. At this point, I can’t seem to leave without my sketchbooks and markers.

Instead of leaving all of my materials behind I’d rather bring small sketchbook, markers, and this new small set of watercolors with me.

I’m posting photos of my pattern designs below. And if you have any question do not hesitate to shoot me an email at any time: anwaar.sa87@gmail.com.

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The Magnificent Suleymania Cami

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May 9th, 2017

It was a coincident, but a beautiful one.

While I was searching for the old books in the Grand Bazaar of Turkey, I visited the Suleymania Cami for the first time ever. It was a bit far from the Misri Bazaar that my parents and I were walking in but it was worth the visit.

I was always curious as to where the Magnificent Suleyman was buried and I saw it with my own eyes today.

The structure of the Cami (Masjid) was truly magnificent. Not only because of its size, but even the design and number of domes. It was so spacious on the inside as it is on the outside. We were fortunate enough to walk around the place with a beautiful breezy weather.

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Within the Cami/Masjid was located Sultan Suleyman’s tomb. He was a great leader with great history full of achievements. Next to his tomb were Mihrima Sultan his daughter, Suleiman II and his brother Ahmed, Dilaşub Saliha Sultan, and Ayşe Sultan.

Since Hurrem Sultan (Sultan Suleyman’s wife) died before him, she wasn’t buried next to his tomb. Yet, they were all buried at the same Cami.

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I’ve always been fascinated by the Ottoman Empire’s history and I read a lot about it. So watching the Sarays (Palaces) they ruled from, their tombs, and everything related to their history feels truly wonderful.

Note: I did cover up the whole journey in my Snapchat: Artistakw. You can watch the story before it disappears. Else, you lost a great chance to watch this beautiful Cami.

Here are some photos:

 

This was a quick post for you guys to have time to look at more photos in my Snapchat account. But you can also wait for a better coverup of this story in a future blog post.

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