When Cemil Ipekçi describes Istanbul’s
Grand or ‘Covered’ Bazaar, his own colours
mingle with those of this ‘timeless’
and enchanted space.
“The Covered Bazaar, a covered box”,
said the modern Istanbul poet, Orhan Veli. Doesn’t
life flow differently at the Grand Bazaar? In what
other part of Istanbul, indeed in what other part
of the world, can you find so many different times
under a single roof? A rainbow of colours made up
of crimsons, greens, purples; objects reflecting
different beliefs and cultures. Every person who
belongs to these lands can find a piece of himself
in the Grand Bazaar’s labyrinthine streets.
We would like to look at the Grand Bazaar from the
perspective of the famous Turkish fashion designer,
Cemil Ipekçi, who takes us on a journey through
history’s multiple layers. A journey on which
we are accompanied by magical spells, trees of life,
needlework, and chintamani motifs.THE OTTOMAN SOUL
Our meeting place is the Fes Café, one of
the Grand Bazaar’s modern venues.