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Turkish Delights

Philippa Scott

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A delightful giftbook presenting the diverse design and arts of Turkish and Ottoman history


The cultural meeting of East and West unites the wealth of paintings, drawings, photographs and decorative objects in this gloriously illustrated book. The result is a cornucopia of Turkish delights, from carpets, silks, tiles and turbans to tulips, tobacco, coffee and croissants. Liotard’s fine portraits of Westerners in Turkish dress, Carpaccio’s turbanned figures and the coveted ‘Turkey’ carpets that appear in paintings by Lotto and Holbein also bear witness to the Western fascination with all things Ottoman.

Philippa Scott’s engaging and informative text explains how and why Turkey has been such a fount of inspiration in so many artistic and cultural fields – including painting, ceramics, textiles, interiors and fashion – for over five hundred years. Today the many fruits of this cultural encounter will delight a fresh audience with the decorative possibilities of the ravishing colours, motifs and furnishings of traditional Turkey.

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'A thrilling cocktail of the essence of Turkish life'
Country Life

'Engaging and informative … an aptly named, mouth-watering book'
Antiques Magazine

'Seductively illustrated and gripping'
Evening Standard

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 23.0 x 20.0 cm

Extent: 120 pp

Illustrations: 167

Publication date: 17 April 2001

ISBN: 9780500510377

About the Author

A traveller, writer, exhibitions organizer and collector, Philippa Scott has been fascinated by silk and textiles all her life. She studied textiles at Leicester Art College and is contributing editor of Hali.