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Ottoman empire and flower power!

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1237108.  Sun May 14, 2017 1:29 am Reply with quote

In Ottoman history, there is a period called the "Tulip period" (1718-1730) where the whole Empire was obsessed with the tulips inspiring a flowering of arts, culture and architecture.Tulips were later introduced to Europe mainly by the European ambassadors in Constantinople and inspired similar manias in the Netherlands almost 100 years.
Sajdi, D. (2014). Ottoman tulips, Ottoman coffee. Leisure and lifestyle in the eighteenth century. 1st ed. London: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, p.37.

(Drawing of a tulip by Abdulcelil Levni (1720)


1237168.  Sun May 14, 2017 3:04 pm Reply with quote

Tulips are still the flower that represents Istanbul - we were there in tulip season and the parks are full of them, and they are represented in stylised form all over the place. We were told that they symbolise the name of Allah because the shape of the letters in the Turkish word for tulip, lāle, bears a resemblance to the way Allah is written.

Big Martin
1237173.  Sun May 14, 2017 4:22 pm Reply with quote

And this is what you really need to display those expensive tulips.


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