The Magical Journey of Marbling Art

The art of marbling, which means the face of water in Persian, is one of the rare arts that reveal the beauty of the world of secrets. We wanted to take a closer look at the magical journey of the art of marbling, which consists of natural dyes floating on condensed water, wrapped in a thousand and one shapes and transferred to paper.

The first recorded Ebru from 1496

Today, the art of marbling, considered one of the traditional Turkish handicrafts, is basically the art of painting on water. Marbling art, the oldest known example of which was made in 1496 and still preserved in the Cronos collection, was initially made to write on it, but later it was used instead of binder cloth or as side paper and in murakkaa albums.

It is known that marbling, which art historians say began in Central Asia or the Far East, first came to Iran via the Silk Road, and then reached Istanbul in the same way in the 15th century. Ebru has turned into an art in Istanbul and has continued its existence here. Marbling, which spent its most magnificent days in Istanbul was transported from Istanbul to Europe in the 16th century through trade, performs all over the world today, albeit with different techniques.

It caused the interest to increase and experienced in the art of marbling by increasing the number of workshops of traditional Turkish calligraphy art “Hat”

Marbling is a glazed art

The phrase digging well with a needle is used for calligraphy. For marbling, this term is used as digging water with a needle. It is said with the old words of "Zuhurata Tabi" that the marbling will happen while it can. It is believed that the water boat gives results in direct proportion to the clean heart and sincerity of the marbling master. Therefore, marbling is a glazed art. Those who perform this art are called Ebrucu with a humble approach. In a sense, this is a simpler way of saying master. There are many types of marbling

There are many types of marbling. As you master, these varieties are learned. Classical Turkish marbling is a type of Battal Marbling.  Nightingale nest, scalloped tide, sandy, orator, mutaf and flower marbling are the main types of marbling.

There is no third dimension in marbling art as in most Turkish handicrafts. Ebrucu works by blending flower marbling with various styles. Thus, it neither replicates nature exactly nor depicts an image contrary to what exists. Thus, it becomes possible to watch both the nature and the artist in motifs.

The education process of marbling, each of which is made by considering a different place of use and has many types, is difficult and long, but it is very popular once learned, as it gives many different feelings to those who do and watch.

There is no wall hanging in traditional Turkish marbling art. But who of today's most brilliant period, known and much loved marbling, began to be framed and hung on the wall by people and thus has become one of the provisions of abstract painting in the Western Turkey.

The future of the art of marbling, which continues its existence as one of the Turkish books and handicrafts, is looked forward to with hope. It is a bit difficult to learn the art of marbling, which makes the hearts of the spectators quiver, but it is quite easy to reach the courses and workshops given by the masters.

When you pass the road to Izmir, do not forget to visit the Marbling workshops and buy the marbling that captures you in your heart.


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