Friday, April 18, 2008

Tulip Festival in Istanbul Turkey

Everybody thinks that tulips come from Holland. Actually, Tulips are native to Central Asia and Turkey. In the 16th Century they were brought to Holland from Turkey, and quickly became widely popular.
In the Turkish history Tulip played an interesting role. The period in our history between 1718-1730 is called as the "Tulip Era", under the reign of sultan Ahmed III. This period is also expressed as an era of peace and enjoyment. Tulips became and important style of life within the arts, folklore and the daily life.

Tulip Festival in Istanbul have a polymer clay representative - this is Alev Gozonar, and she made a beautiful tulip with polymer clay. Artisans from Turkey will demonstrate fine Ottoman art depicting the tulip in many forms.

Good luck dear Alev!