History of Ebru Art

            Ebru, which is generally known today as a decorative paper art, is one of the oldest Turkish arts, but exactly where or when it started remains unknown. Ebru is an art from the realms of history, presenting to us a beauty that is full of love. It can be described as painting on water. Patterns are formed on the surface of water which has had substances added to it to increase the viscosity; the patterns are then transferred to paper. The results of this process are unique and it is never possible to achieve the same design again.         
           Those who have traced the history claim that the many hued Ebru that we know today was born in Turkistan in Central Asia, a place that was the center for many cultures. From the 17th century on, it became known as Turkish Paper in Europe, and from here the art of Ebru reached the rest of the world.         
           The Turks started to make paper in the 15th century. With their sensitive souls and their mystic personalities they became very advanced in the art of paper decoration. Ebru paper, especially those of a fine design, was first used as the background to important official state papers, a variety of treaties and the records of important events. It was used as a means to prevent the alteration of the document. The same logic can be found in the use of complicated designs on banknotes, cheque books, deeds and bonds used today. In addition, the edges of commercial registers were decorated with Ebru in order to prevent the removal of pages. Ebru holds an important place in the history of Islamic art; it was used alongside calligraphy and in publishing. Moreover, its mystic nature, that is, “the search for religious beauty”, led to its being used in many tekkes as a reflection of sufi thought. 

17 comments :

  1. I enjoyed very much seeing your work at the American Islamic College in Chicago on the evening of Saturday, 5 November 2011. - Eric Hovemeyer

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  2. You have done a fantastic job at MAS-ICNA connention 2011, everybody loved your work.Wonderful job!!!

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  3. You have alot of fans and i'm one of them i'm noor..i commented at one of your artworks..and this is the first time to me to know that this art is turkish...mo knowledge..hahaha...but really cool information..i have a demand..i want to be up to date with your new artworks..so please put more and more..and thank you

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  4. hello garip you are doing a fantastic job i liked your art work and my family business is is miniature paintings....i would like to meet you !!!

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  5. Magnificent, thank you maestro and Allah bless you and your work.

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  6. Your work is truly amazing, so talented.

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  7. I would like to know more on what is added to the water and how the paper is made or treated. Thank you.

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  8. I am in awe of your talent. You bring priceless art and beauty to the world.

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  9. İnanılmaz etkilendim teknedeki huzurumu hatırlattınız bana ve birgün öğrenciniz olmayı ders almayı bildiklerimi sizin bilgilerinizle süsleyip taçlandırmayı çok isterim. İnşallah bir gün kısmet olur.
    Sevgilerle Zehra Kurt

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  10. Ben GARIP AY bilmiyor dum. Ben eserlerinde sasirdi. Tanri tarafindan kutsanmis eller.Muhtes em bir hassasiyet ile büyük bir yetenek. Tebrikler. My name is Virginio Girardi, from BRazil .Çeuiri için ozür dilerim .

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  11. what is added to the water and what type of paper are you using to transfer it to? love your work

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  12. I wpuld love to know more so that I may try this art . It not only looks amazing but fun to do. What do ypu add to tje wayer and are tje paints oil based or other and if othet what . Love the work .

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  13. I am interested in how ypu do this , what do ypu add to the water and what types of paint or inks do you use . I.love your work.

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  14. Very nice work! Well done! First I noticed the video on facebook and then i saw it here as well: https://www.vivre.ro/c-10490/magia_artei?sid=1&utm_source=active+-+registered&utm_campaign=8a26927a45-vc20160901-daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_296649b3e4-8a26927a45-8998873

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  15. Very beautiful art..... i saw it on fb and lovwd it so much- many thanks for sharing this with us

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