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Istanbul is pattern mad for it

Hagia Sophia column detail
Detail from Topkapi Palace Harem
Door and tiles from Harem
Another example from the Harem

I couldn’t leave this blog without a post about the brilliant patterns I saw on my tour around the city of Istanbul.  The Harem at Topkapi Palace was resplendent with colours and patterns.  Every room seemed to be more detailed, more grand than the last.

The Hagia Sophia also had beautiful colours – that amazing blue found everywhere in Istanbul, married with a warm deep yellow-gold.  As there wasn’t much light in the Hagia Sophia (not enough to take good quality photos with my crap quality camera), I was not able to bring back very many good photos of the details.

I may have gotten a little excited about the patterns and colours when I purchased far too many scarves at the Bazaar.  I’ve only the one neck so why did I need to buy five coverings for it?  I must now go and learn new ways to tie these things or I shall never bring them out from my closet.  You know what it’s like when you’re on holiday.  Everything looks amazing when you’re there, but when you bring it back you suddenly realise you have no use for shoddily made flawed pottery in garish colours.


I am an artist living and working in a rather gorgeous city. My art can be purchased in various shops throughout the city as well as from my online shop. Most of my work is for commission, private and corporate. I am the founder of Crash Course in Art History Limited.

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