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Inspiration Wednesday | We All Shine On

– WORDS OF WISDOM – ‘We all shine on like the sun and the moon and the stars.’ – John Lennon – QUINCE | AYVA – Quince, ayva in Turkish, is a close relative of apples and pears. Grown in the Aegean, Marmara and Mediterranean regions, Turkey leads the world in […]

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Inspiration Wednesday | Seeds of Kindness

– WORDS OF WISDOM – ‘Scatter seeds of kindness.’ – George Ade – POMEGRANATE | NAR – Pomegranate, nar in Turkish, is one of the first cultivated fruits. Some believe the forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden was pomegranate. Native to the Mediterranean and in season from August to […]

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Inspiration Wednesday | Be Large in Virtue

– WORDS OF WISDOM – ‘Pepper is small in quantity but large in virtue.’ – Plato – PEPPERS | BIBER – Eaten fresh, cooked, pickled, dried and stuffed, peppers are a staple of Turkish Cuisine. Ranging in color, heat and size, there are countless varieties of peppers grown throughout Turkey. […]

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Inspiration Wednesday | Layer by Layer

– WORDS OF WISDOM – ‘Layer by layer art strips life bare.’ – Robert Musil – ONION | SOĞAN – Onions have been cultivated for over 7,000 years. During the Roman Empire, athletes are said to have eaten large quantities of onion because it was believed to lighten the blood. […]

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Inspiration Wednesday | Sunshine in Every Inch

– WORDS OF WISDOM – ‘You are so much sunshine in every inch.’ – Walt Whitman – LEMONS | LIMON – Lemons grow abundantly in the Mediterranean region of Turkey. In season all year, lemons are juiced, candied, preserved and even pickled. Lemons are a common accompaniment to seafood, soups […]

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Inspiration Wednesday | See Inner Beauty

– WORDS OF WISDOM – ‘If you see inner beauty outer will pale into insignificance.’ – Mahatma Gandhi – LEGUMES | BAKLIYAT – Legumes (beans, peas and lentils) have been a food staple for over 20,000 and are featured heavily in Turkish Cuisine. – BROWSE – Inspiring collections from curators […]

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Inspiration Wednesday | Patience is Bitter

– WORDS OF WISDOM – ‘Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet.’ – Aristotle – GRAPES | ÜZÜM – With over six hundred indigenous varieties of grapes, Turkey is the world’s fourth largest producer. In season from June to October, every part of the grape plant is utilized; leaves […]

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Inspiration Wednesday | The Fruit of Life

– WORDS OF WISDOM – ‘Color is the fruit of life.’ – Guillaume Apollinaire – FIGS | INCIR – Predating the domestication of wheat, figs have been cultivated since as early as 9000 BC. Today, Turkey leads the world in production of figs with over twenty-five percent of the world […]

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Inspiration Wednesday | Love Life

– WORDS OF WISDOM – ‘Be in love with your life – every detail of it.’ – Jack Kerouac – EGGPLANT | PATLICAN – In season from June to October, eggplant is served as both a main dish and an accompaniment. Grown throughout Turkey, eggplant (patlıcan in Turkish) is a […]

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Inspiration Wednesday | The Seeds You Plant

– WORDS OF WISDOM – ‘Don’t Judge the day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant .’ – Robert Louis Stevenson – CORN | MISIR – In addition to corn, the word mısır is also the name for Egypt. The actual name of the world famous Spice Market […]

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Inspiration Wednesday | Look inside your heart

– WORDS OF WISDOM – ‘Your vision becomes clear when you look inside your heart.’ – Carl Jung – TURKISH ARTICHOKE | ENGINAR – Artichokes (enginar in Turkish) are native to Mediterranean and grow abundantly in Turkey’s Aegean and Mediterranean regions. Although artichokes are available all year, the peak season […]

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Inspiration Wednesday | The Mind is a Palace

– WORDS OF WISDOM – ‘You might be poor, your shoes might be broken but your mind is a palace.’ – Frank McCourt – EXPLORE TOPKAPI PALACE – Located in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet District, Topkapi Palace was the primary residence for the Ottoman Sultans from 1465 to 1856. – BROWSE […]

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Inspiration Wednesday | The Blank Page

– WORDS OF WISDOM – ‘The blank page gives us the right to dream.’ –  Gaston Bachelard – EXPLORE – Inspiring collections from curators and creators living in Turkey. – COLOR PALETTE – ‘Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.’ – Paul Gauguin

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Inspiration Wednesday | The Greater Sum

– WORDS OF WISDOM – ‘The whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts.’  –  Aristotle – EXPLORE – Inspiring collections from curators and creators living in Turkey. – COLOR PALETTE – ‘Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.’ – Paul Gauguin

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Inspiration Wednesday | My Dream

– WORDS OF WISDOM – ‘I dream my painting and then I paint my dream.’ –  Vincent Van Gogh – EXPLORE – Inspiring collections from curators and creators living in Turkey.  – COLOR PALETTE – ‘Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.’ – Paul Gauguin

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Inspiration Wednesday | Shape Clay

–  WORDS OF WISDOM – ‘Shape clay into a vessel. It is the space within that makes it useful.’ – Lao Tzo – EXPLORE – – COLOR PALETTE – ‘Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.’ – Paul Gauguin  

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Meet the Maker | TheFAD.co

– MEET THE MAKER | THEFAD.CO – Gülsün & Ali Öner, founded TheFAD.co with the simple idea that art should be accessible and functional. Their mission was to download fractal art from the gallery wall and make it tangible, wearable and portable. With these guiding principles, TheFAD.co collection includes men’s pocket […]

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Inspiration Wednesday | Love what you do

– WORDS OF WISDOM – ‘Let the beauty of what we love be what we do.’ – Rumi – EXPLORE – – COLOR PALETTE – ‘Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.’ – Paul Gauguin    

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Meet the Maker | Ali Öner

– MEET THE MAKER | ALI ÖNER – Artist and Chemical Engineer Ali Öner spent his early artistic endeavors in the medium of oil painting and mixed materials. In the late nineties, with the evolution of technology, Ali was able to combine his passions for science and art. The canvas […]

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Inspiration Wednesday | Everything has Beauty

–  WORDS OF WISDOM – ‘Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it.’ – Andy Warhol – EXPLORE – – COLOR PALETTE – ‘Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.’ – Paul Gauguin  

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Designed and Made in Turkey | Autumn

– Designed and Made in Turkey | Autumn 2016 – – HOME DECOR – Our curated collection of one-of-kind home furnishings. NEW ARRIVALS   – KITCHEN + DINING – Entertaining with Turkish style and hospitality. NEW ARRIVALS   – HOME TEXTILES – Hand-crafted and stylish home textiles. NEW ARRIVALS – […]

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Designed and Made in Turkey | Our Mission

– ABOUT – Jason B Graham, the founder of Designed and Made in Turkey, started coming to Turkey more than 15 years ago while serving as Director of Sourcing for Gap. Captivated by the country and he promised to live here one day. Twelve years later, he relocated to Istanbul […]

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Meet the Maker | Bakir Istanbul

Idil Yavaş, the founder and creative driver behind Bakır İstanbul, refined her creative drive and business acumen while working for Williams-Sonoma Inc. With the warmth of copper as her inspiration, she followed her entrepreneurial spirit and founded Bakır İstanbul. The hand-crafted treasures at Bakır İstanbul are the manifestation of Idil’s […]

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The Visual Language of Turkish Kilims

Turkish carpets and kilims not only reflect the place where they were made, they reflect the hopes, dreams and aspirations of the makers. Like the colors in Turkish kilims, the motifs tell a vivid story. They often represent the desire for happiness, security and family. While curating our most recent collection […]

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Meet the Maker | Iznik Pottery Art

Aydın Savukduran, the founder of Iznik Pottery Art, started working in the world famous Grand Bazaar as a child. To earn extra money for his family, he would take odd jobs from the local shop owners. While not working, Aydın would admire the delicate blue and white hand-painted Iznik ceramics. […]

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Meet the Maker | Ernemet

Ernemet, a family owned and operated business, was established in 1960. With customers that include some of the world’s finest designers and collectors, Ernemet’s most well-known clients include American retailer Pottery Barn, Soho House Hotels as well as the Rockefeller Family. Ernemet, located in the shadow of the historic Blue […]

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Turkish Culture + Cuisine | Myth, Superstition + Ritual

The people of Turkey are known for their elaborate conspiracy theories. With the recent events, conspiracy theories and conjecture often dominate social interaction and conversation.  Rich in history, Turkish culture is also filled with countless rituals, myths and superstitions. As American living in Turkey, this quality in people is endearing. As […]

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Designed + Made in Turkey | My Love Letter

Designed+Made in Turkey is my way of celebrating Turkish culture, cuisine, curators and creators. Despite the challenges of living in this part of the world, I see beauty all around. Turkey is an amazing and magical place to live. It is the only country in the world to straddle two […]