The journey started back in 2015 where I registered for a gilding (Tezhip) course here in Kuwait with the wonderful Turkish teacher Dilara Yarci. At that time, I didn’t have a full background on Ottoman patterns and didn’t have resources to learn from. But after that intensive course, I decided to pursue learning more about those patterns.

This is her website: Dilara Yarci

So from that moment onwards, I bought as many books as I could to learn about Ottoman patterns. It was complicated at the beginning when you see motifs, painting techniques, and new terminologies I didn’t read about before. But little by little, I got to know more and better understand this beautiful art.

I got to learn with my second Illumination teacher Sifa Toptas. She taught me a lot and helped develop my sketching and designing skills.

This is her Youtube Channel: Sifa Toptas.

List of Books:

You can purchase Illumination materials from the websites listed below:

  • Tiryaki Art (Based in Istanbul, Turkey): Link
  • Karin Sanat (Based in Istanbul, Turkey): Link
  • Güven Sanat (Based in Istanbul, Turkey): Link
  • Üsküdar Sanat (Based in Istanbul, Turkey): Link

  • AlSanafer Bookshop (Based in Kuwait): Link

My online courses:

Videos from my Youtube Channel:


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