History of Turkish Handmade Lamp

Istanbul, the center of Turkish glass making is today’s destination. There, during the times of the Seljuk Empire and the Byzantine Empire, they perfected complex processes of glass making and compressed molding that allowed them to make glass products of varied shapes, intense colors, and small sizes. With such material and great creativity, artisans decorated the windows of important buildings and churches; objects like glasses, wineglasses and bottles; jewelry including necklaces and bracelets and, above all, lamps.

The 16th century was the golden age of glass making in Turkey. The articles Ottoman artisans elaborated included vases, containers, carafes, mirrors, perfume bottles, and more.

Some time later, Selim III, sultan of the Ottoman Empire in the late 18th century, a man who promoted Turkish glass artwork, brought glassmakers from France so that they could teach them new glass making techniques. Throughout the centuries, the number of workshops and artisans multiplied until glass artwork became a worldly known industry.

Where It Is Made

If you want to buy a souvenir to decorate your home or to give someone you love, take into account that apart from going to local workshops and stores, for example, Mediterran Collection, one of the places where you’ll find the greatest variety in Turkish lamps designs will be the Grand Bazaar' Istanbul. This bazar, one of the biggest in the world, houses more than four thousand stores in 64 streets that cover around 45,000 square meters. There you will find spices, tea, Turkish carpets, pashminas and, of course, articles elaborated with Turkish glass.

Turkish Lamp Uses

Today we can say that this type of lamps fit in different styles of environments, which want to add a touch of color in a striking way, as this type of lamps always attract attention. They are ideal for placing in foyers, cellars, rustic spaces or to give an oriental touch in living rooms and dining rooms.

The ambient light they create invites relax and rest. The design of the coloured mosaics creates a variety of reflections when the lamp is turned on, which is incredible. These colors are inspired by Mediterranean colors, colors of precious stones that transmit joy and animate to any room.

Nowadays the stones used are not jewels, but glass, beads, etc. are used. It is in the quality of these stones where the differentiation of the Turkish lights reside. What distinguishes them from a mere trinket because the brightness and reflections of a quality Turkish lamp are clearly noticeable.

Due to their timelessness, Turkish lamps also fit perfectly in vintage environments, perfectly valid for this mixture of styles that is personalised with each piece that is incorporated into the decoration.