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

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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.

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