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