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A recent tip-off from Istanbul alerted us to a talented silk hand weaver in Bursa, so we drove down  to meet him and see his work .  Kasim Bey is one of Turkey’s rare treasures – a man who has committed himself to preserving the dying art of silk hand weaving in Turkey – a mission that is close to our hearts at Ottoman Silks.  We are enormously proud to bring you a selection of silk ‘opera’ scarves, hand woven in the heart of Turkey’s silk capital, Bursa.  The quality of workmanship is extraordinary and the designs typical of the Ottoman period.  Each scarf varies slightly in design and length and the tassels are all hand knotted.

200cm x 50cm


In Ottoman art, the Cintemani design was a symbol of power and strength which often featured on the kaftans worn by the Sultans.  The three dots resemble the leopards’ spots and the wavy line represents tiger markings.


Carnation motifs were used on the fabrics for Sultans’ kaftans to provide the feeling of eternity. Carnation, which is generally depicted in red colour, when used with a water pattern, symbolises the gardens of paradise.


Lale – a flower that symbolised abundance and indulgence during the height of the Ottoman Empire.   The tulip is an indigenous flower that was introduced to Europe in the 17th century.  Its shape and designs were frequently used in Ottoman and Turkish art – especially ceramics, carpets and textiles.

As all these scarves are handmade, the patterns and colours sometimes alternate. If we can’t match the pattern and colour you order we will let you know which Ottoman design is available in the colour of your choice.

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£ 139.00
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