ho loves Turkey more than me? What feeds my soul more than the beauty of carpets, kilims and textiles? What are some of my most restoring activities? A long swim, a hike through the quiet of archeological ruins, a day at the beach or just relaxing in beautiful, peaceful surroundings with a good book are all ways that I love to unwind from the daily routine of city life. Jack and I have found the perfect place to settle for a week of rest and relaxation. We are guests this week at Peter Scholten’s newly opened Lycia House on Turkey’s south coast. Located high above the Mediterranean in the small village…
Catherine Mortensen Custom Shopper & Tour Operator.
Posts Tagged ‘carpets’:
he New Calgary Rug and Textile Club hosted Stefano Ionescu for a lecture in the new Nickle Galleries at the University of Calgary in the recently opened Taylor Family Digital Library Building. Ionescu is a resident of Rome, Italy and an independent scholar in the field of Anatolian carpets in Transylvanian churches. He presented an informative perspective on how these collections of Ottoman (Turkish) carpets dating from the 16th c onwards came to be a part of the Protestant churches décor in Romania. During the Reformation in the 16th c the churches had their traditional art removed. Frescoes, icons and other religious art was either plastered over or in the case of icons removed from the church sanctuaries. This resulted in places of worship with
ow is it that a woman in mid life steps off the solid ground of the predicable and known in Canada and leaps into a pile of carpets and textiles (or make that zillions of piles) in Istanbul, Turkey? This is my story.
ur pedometer read 18 kms today when we came through the door of the flat from our tour. What you may ask were we up to that kept us walking for 26,000 steps today? The day held diversity galore; treats for our eyes, ears; basically our whole beings with the exception of our tired feet. We started with two terrific architectural stops both great contemporary design and both located on the edge of city canals. The state Opera house has a huge presence with views across the canal to the Royal Theatre. A cooperative young woman was responsive to Jack’s pleas in rusty Danish to gain access and so we had the building to ourselves for half an hour or so and took a ‘self guided tour’. From there we made our way to the Black Diamond – a contemporary addition to the Royal