Discover Turkey, home of ebru art
Ebru is the stunning traditional Turkish art of creating amazing and colorful patterns by sprinkling and brushing color pigments onto a pan of oily water and then transferring the patterns to paper.
Turkish art of paper marbling is a centuries old Ottoman and Islamic art where you can paint colors on paper. In Turkey, the art is widely known as Ebru today, and continues to be very popular.
The designs and effects of Ebru include ornamentation, flowers, foliage, mosques and moons. Turkish art of marbling are used for decoration in the traditional art of bookbinding.
Ebru artists, apprentices and practitioners consider their art to be an integral part of their traditional culture, identity and lifestyle. Their knowledge and skills, as well as the philosophy behind this art, are transmitted orally and through informal practical training within master-apprentice relationships. Achieving basic skills in Ebru takes at least two years.
Ebru tradition is practised without barrier of age, gender or ethnicity, and plays a significant role in the empowerment of women and the improvement of community relationships. The collective art of Ebru encourages dialogue through friendly conversation, reinforces social ties and strengthens relations between individuals and communities.
Beyond just its artistic merits, UNESCO noted that Ebru encourages dialogue through friendly conversation, reinforces social ties and strengthens relations between individuals and communities.
Ebru artistry, or what is called the Turkish art of paper marbling in English, has been chosen as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
UNESCO Identity Card:
Official Name: Ebru, Turkish Art of Marbling
Criteria: Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
Date added to UNESCO List: 2014
Turkish Art of Marbling, Unesco
Have you ever seen how Turks turn water into enchanting paintings? There is no other art form like the Turkish marbling artistry of Ebru. Watch how talented masters use this ancient technique to create beautiful pieces of art.
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