Tag: Turkey

İzala Butik Otel

TUROB HOTEL DERGİSİ/2015 GÜNEYDOĞU’NUN VE MARDİN’İN İLK VE TEK BUTİK BELGELİ OTELİ İzala Butik Otel adını, Asur krallarından kalma kitabelerde "Kaşiari Dağları" diye sözü edilen bölgenin o dönemki isminden alıyor. Dünyanın en eski şehirlerinden biri olan Mardin-Midyat’taki bu özel konumu itibariyle de birçok tarihi mekâna hemen yürüme mesafesinde. Bir açık hava müzesi niteliğindeki bölgenin ilk ve tek butik oteli İzala’nın kapısından içeri girdiğinizde Mardin’in büyüsünü yaşamaya devam ediyorsunuz. Kök boyalı ahşap tavanlar, el işi avizeler, nakış nakış işlenmiş Mardin taşı ve Türk hamamı... Odanızda Türk hamamı keyfi Mardin’in tarihi ve görsel değerlerine sahip çıkan İzala Butik Otel, odalarda misafirlerini adeta tarihi bir yolculuğa çıkarıyor. Nakış…

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Elio Montanari, Italian architect and photographer

Interview with Elio Montanari by Tuğba Kibar/ Experience of Living Together in Istanbul / October 2010 Elio Montanari is an Italian architect and a photographer with a focus on buildings and physical structures and therefore the city itself in general. Living in Istanbul since 2002, Elio was married here for the first time of his life and plans to stay in Istanbul from now on. When one is posed the question related to the coexistence of various religious groups, family ties and neighbourhood relations are almost the only subject matter that is discussed. During my conversation with Elio, I came to realize that physicality of space in…

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Balat – Part I

Walk along the Haliç coastline, when you start to notice half collapsed buildings you will know that you are in Balat. You enter the district through a historical door of the citadel which is not to imposing but indicates that you are about to enter a special place. Narrow slopes consist of old sequential houses which face each other. Houses are generally narrow faced with three or four stories. In front of the discolored houses on the stairway women sit around  and chat. You may also see their husbands smoking outside in front of the door. Children are keeping the streets busy with their jumping,…

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Kanun finds new life in the hands of skilled craftsmans

One of the unique characteristics of Kenan Özten's signature kanuns is that every piece is made by him and his apprentice Zafer Kibar.  November 02, 2008, Sunday/ Published at Today's Daily News The kanun, an oriental zither, is a music instrument unique to Turkish music and is painstakingly difficult to manufacture as it requires long labor and great expertise, says a veteran kanun-maker. Kenan Özten, one of the finest kanun-makers alive, explained to Sunday's Zaman that "while the kanun has been a traditional musical instrument in Turkey, we have started to see a great interest lately especially among our youth."What makes the kanun unique, he…

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Unleashing the full potential of Turkey’s jewelry industry

November 27, 2008, Thursday/Published at Today's Daily News Specialists from Turkey and around the world will gather today at İstanbul's Swissotel The Bosphorus for the first International Gold Summit, organized by Active Academy, to discuss the latest developments and future expectations of the Turkish precious metals sector. Though the summit will attract all facets of Turkey's precious metals sector, Today's Zaman talked to İstanbul Gold Exchange (İAB) Deputy Chairman Osman Saraç about the current situation of the Turkish gold and jewelry sector. (more…)

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Defne Data secures contract in Kuwait

September 15, 2008, Monday/Published at Today's Daily News Defne Data Processing, a solutions provider for telecom operators in many countries, including Turkey, has signed a new project with Media Phone Plus, Kuwait's leading mobile entertainment services company. The project, called "Value-Added Service Platform," which is planned to be an entertainment service for landline and mobile networks, will be put into operation in many Middle East countries in addition to Kuwait beginning in October 2008. Competitions, polls and chat rooms are some of the planned services. Defne Data Processing General Manager Oğuz Haliloğlu said: "Entertainment services are in high demand from consumers, and they increase revenue for…

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