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Looking for tools of calligraphy in Turkey

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  • Started 9 years ago by dropstone
  • Latest reply from ilm.calli


  1. dropstone

    I learn arabic calligraphy in Japan.
    Here there are not shop for arabic calligraphy.
    This summer I'll go to Turkey.
    I think I want to buy tools (ex. reed pen, makta, textbook,etc.) of calligraphy there.
    Please tell me shops,etc. that I can buy them.

    And tell me if there are places in Turkey you recommend.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  2. ekvernen
    Key Master

    Hello dropstone,
    It's great to hear that you're making a trip to Istanbul soon! I'm in the middle of a series of blog entries about my most recent trip there; I'm going to talk about a few specific places that you'll definitely want to visit. So keep reading the blog: http://calligraphyqalam.com/blog/! (This is good inspiration for me to keep writing!)

    Posted 9 years ago #
  3. JoshBerer

    Hi dropstone!
    Great question.
    I actually just wrote a very detailed email about where EXACTLY to go in Turkey to get calligraphy supplies. Here is what I wrote:

    The place where the pens are sold is the Sahaflar Carsisi (Pronounced Charshisa). It is at the Beyazit Tram station, and you can also take the Beyazit bus from Taksim. Get off at Beyazit Grand Bazaar. The market is next to the covered market, so once you are done you can go in the grand bazaar, which is very fun.

    These directions sound more complicated than they are. This is very easy.

    Here is how to get to the market (if asking people at the Beyazit station doesnt work).

    From the tram, cross over to where the big bus stop is, there is a lot of shwarma restaraunts and shoe stores. Facing the restaurants, turn left, towards the big mosque. You are looking for this: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/10524259
    That is Istanbul University, and if you see that very soon (less than 2 minute walk) you are going the right way.
    Next to Istanbul university there is a big mosque, and lots of pigeons outside it.
    are the mosque.
    If you walk around the mosque, there is a short doorway, and there will be a man with pictures hanging on the wall for sale.
    This is the gate you walk through:
    http://www.panoramio.com/photo/29232436 (I love google. )

    This is what it looks like inside: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/10075139

    When you go through that gate you are in the Sahaflar Carcisi. The best place ever. There are two places that sell pens. They are owned by brothers.
    In this picture: http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/2312244.jpg just to the left of the tree is the gate you came through, and on the left side of the picture is a row of shops. The first store is in the middle of that row of shops.

    If you walk along the shops you will see books books books and then! a shop with lots of bamboo pens in the window, beads hanging, glass jars for ink, etc. That is one of the stores, the man's name is Ali.
    His brother's store is on the other side of the little square, on a higher up level. In this picture:
    It is on the far right, just out of the frame. It is the last store on that side and sells manuscript pages and pens. They both sell supplies, but Ali has more.

    That is the first place. The second good place is on the Anatolian side of the Bosphorus, in Uskudar, it's called the Klasik Turk Sanatlari Vakfi. I wrote about it here: http://joshberer.wordpress.com/2009/07/26/traditional-turkish-arts-foundation-uskudar/
    That's easy to get to. Just go on Google Maps and its a short walk from the boat dock.
    Good luck! I wish I was going!

    Posted 9 years ago #
  4. dropstone

    Thank you very very much!!

    I'll try to go!

    Posted 9 years ago #
  5. mawb

    Hello dropstone,

    I too, am planning a trip to Istanbul (July), to bring calligraphy supplies back to Singapore. Perhaps we can share ideas etc. Are you a member of JACA?
    Wishing you the best,

    Posted 9 years ago #
  6. dropstone


    I think it is good that we can share ideas etc!
    And I don't know JACA. Sorry.
    I looked over internet.
    Does JACA mean Japan Art&Culture Association?
    I'm not a member of JACA.

    I'll go to Istanbul in August.
    After you go to Istanbul, if you found good places or informations of calligraphy, please let me know.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  7. mawb

    Dear Dropstone,

    You may also email me at: beck.csa@gmail.com
    JACA=Japan Arabic Calligraphy Association. http://www.jaca2006.org Many classes and information.
    As mentioned above, you may check at


    Posted 9 years ago #
  8. ilm.calli


    mohammad ozcay video..look at the pen here..

    Posted 8 years ago #

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