Monday, September 17, 2012

The Turkish Culture and Color Palettes

Embroidery has long since been a part of Turkish life, even dating back to centuries ago when needlework and handlooms were the way of life. In the days of the Ottoman Empire, embroidery and handlooms were extremely important as they were used to create headscarves, kaftans, robes, headgear, belts, handkerchiefs, and various other items that were needed and worn on a daily basis. At the same time, these techniques and embroidered patterns were also used to create palace furnishings including cushion covers, curtains, throne covers, and even rugs and mats for the floor. One of the most notable facts about Turkish embroidery is that it was a part of life for everyone from the richest of the rich to the poorest of the poor. The embroidery was a simple way to add touches of color to almost everything.

The Golden Days
Back in the 16th century, one of the most prominently used colors in the Turkish culture was gold. Often times these gold threads were used to create couches and other types of furniture that truly gleamed in shined a golden color. The golden thread was used to add a beautiful embroidered pattern to what used to be simple satin-covered furnishing. The same gold thread was also used on horse covers, saddles, bow bags, as well as for clothing. Over time the golden thread would be accompanied by rubies, pearls, and other beautiful additions.

Adding More Color
Overtime different Turkish groups began experimenting with new colors and materials. In the late 16th century and on, colored silks became extremely popular, especially silks that were ruby red, blue, pink, and pistachio green. Even during these later times, gold thread still found its place throughout Turkish embroidery. Silks were used to create bedspreads as well as clothing. While gold thread still had its place, more design-filled embroideries, thanks to Chinese influence, became more common. Roses, tulips, carnations, and hyacinths were all widely used for embroidery patterns during the late 16th century.

The 17th Century and On
The late 16th century all but opened the flood gates for new influences on Turkish embroidery as well as color palates. New plant and floral motifs became extremely popular, along with medallions. Brick red and darker greens replaced pistachio green and ruby red. From the 17th century and on, the Turkish culture and color palate would grow, adding new styles of arranging floral and plant embroidery and colors would become much deeper but still earth tones that still gave off a sense of royalty and uniqueness.

Today’s Turkish Culture
Like most ancient cultures, the Turkish culture of today definitely isn’t what it used to be. Old traditions have died hard and new embroidery techniques have taken over. Rarely will you find woven textiles or other items that were made by hand using traditional weaving patterns. However, you’ll find true Turkish culture and color palates embedded into Turkish towels. These towels are made by hand looms and are crafted using old techniques and methods that allow for durable, luxurious, and long lasting Turkish towels.

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