IT IS A BEAUTIFUL, ANCIENT CITY WITH SUCH AN INCREDIBLE HISTORY AND CULTURE, FROM THE SULTANS AND PASHAS TO THE MIX OF OLD AND MODERN ARCHITECTURE
Blue Mosque, studying the patterns and color combinations. A few years ago, we did a print based on a tile pattern I’d seen in Istanbul. We tried to recreate the beautifully faded quality of the traditional Iznik tiles, which had withstood centuries of wind and sun in the Bosphorus. The tilework was also an inspiration for one of our watches….
The Grand Bazaar is worth its own week. It is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in theworld with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops with jewelry, textiles, pottery, glazed tiles, bronze, leather, carpets. It’s still the crossroads of Asian and European cultures—just as it was when it opened in the 1400s. I love wandering the streets and side alleys, stopping at stalls and stepping into market after market. There is so much to see….
I love collecting china and porcelain, and Iznik and Seljuk pottery is some of the most beautiful. I use it all the time when I’m entertaining, from small family brunches during the summer to bigger dinners. And my dining room walls actually have paper wall panels with hand-painted tiles inspired by Byzantine and Ottoman tile-work. In between bazaars, we’d stop for fresh pomegranate juice and simit bread from the street vendors.