Updated at 2023-10-25
Turkish patterns have been used on everyday objects for thousands of years. However, it is believed that the widespread popularity of Turkish patterns began with the emergence of the Ottoman Empire as the bridge connecting the East and West. Although the Ottoman Empire was predominantly Islamic, its political policies of religious tolerance and its geopolitical location at the intersection of continents allowed Turkish art to fully absorb the essence of Arab, Mediterranean, and Eastern civilizations, develop a unique style of grandeur and symmetry, and spread concurrently with the empire's influence.
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