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Issue 6, 1994

Palaces of Diplomacy II

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When the heat was on, diplomats headed north to Istanbul’s airy summer embassies. We dress up with Rıfat Özbek; explore the inspiration of Ottoman bookbinding; learn about ebru, the art of marbling paper; pick the arums and aristolochias of the Datça peninsula, and end with tongue-tingling cherry recipes


  • Sheets of Marble

    The ancient art of ebru, or paper marbling, creates sinuous, swirling patterns of subtle colour which owe their appearance to processes as mysterious as the technique’s very beginnings. Ebru apprentice Ali Suat Urguplu shares his master Fuad Basar’s secrets. Photographs by Simon Upton

  • The Land of the Flowering Penguins

    They are smelly and poisonous, but arums and aristolochias are among the most striking wild flowers in Turkey. Andrew Byfield tracks them down.

  • Fruits of victory

    Cherry jam is slightly runny. Rather than adding pectin, it is better to accept that this ruby-coloured jam drips from the toast when you eat it.
    More cookery features

  • Palaces of Diplomacy, Part 2

    When the summer heat made cool-headed diplomacy impossible, the ambassadors to the Sublime Porte retired to remarkable residences lining the Bosphorus. Patricia Daunt probes their rich diplomatic history, while Fritz von der Schulenburg captures the faded glory of the buildings and their grounds

Inside the issue

Regular Features


  1. Visions of the Ottoman Empire
    Byronic interpretations in Edinburgh
  2. Shooting Stars at the Sales
    Selçuk Coins and the Prince of Wales's Watercolours
  3. A Minister with Portfolio
    The Watercolours of C.G. Löwenhielm


  1. Istanbul Festival
    The music festival in its twenty-second year
  2. Bricks and Torpor
    Property bargains by Andrew Finkel
  3. Air Raids
    Turkey's New Television Laws,
    by John Murray Brown
  4. A Toast to Good Caviar
    Caviar from the Caspian Sea


  1. Women’s realm
    The Imperial Harem Women and Sovereignty by Leslie Peirce.
    [extract available online]
  2. The Hellenistic Diet
    Classical Anatolia: The Glory of Hellenism by Harry Brewster. Reviewed by Ömer Koç
    [extract available online]
  3. The horse’s mouth
    The Antiquities of Constantinople by Pierre Gilles. Reviewed by John Freely


  1. Indigenous Riches, Exotic Fashions
    plus the Küsav Decorators’ Fair
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