When the Fair Came to Town

Istanbul’s Kusav Antiques and Decorative Arts Fair 1994. We feature some of the covetable artefacts that were on show, from rare books and calligraphy to jewellery and Leyla Seyhanli’s extravagant hats from the fashionable antiques district of Çukurcuma.

Other Highlights from Cornucopia 7
  • Istanbul in Peril

    The Anastasian and Theodosian walls together protected the city for many years; but now this vast and beautiful network is under attack from within. Cornucopia investigates the dangers that threaten this important cultural icon and its surroundings.

  • The Jewel Box

    The Çuruksulu Mehmet Pasha Yali once saw diplomatic service as the home of the ambassador Muharrem Nuri Birgi. Beautifully preserved, its restrained exterior and spacious interior evince the classical age of Ottoman style, and its clifftop position provides timeless views


  • Slaves to Fantasy

    Chris Farrard questions the motives behind William Allan’s famous Slave Market


  • A bird in hand

    During the Turkish quail-hunting season, man’s best friend is the sparrowhawk. Roger Upton describes how these redoubtable birds help to bring home the bacon


  • Stock taking

    Berrin Torolsan sheds light on the secrets that ensure fluffy, succulent results from rice, bulgur or couscous, with recipes from the homely to the festive.
    More cookery features

  • East with the Night

    The fascination of Istanbul is enough to keep visitors and even the city’s more Westernised residents, from exploring the Asian interior of Central Anatolia, whose local capital, Konya, boasts a million residents and a daunting commitment to Muslim fundamentalism. But a night’s journey by train from Haydarpaşa brings one back to the very dawn of civilisation, and the experience is well worth the not inconsiderable effort of exploring.



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Issue 7, 1994/95 The Great Walls of Istanbul
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