Ottoman-Turkish Calligraphy Workshop in Istanbul - in Istanbul - LikeALocal Guide

Ottoman-Turkish Calligraphy Workshop in Istanbul


72 EUR

Ottoman-Turkish calligraphy, also known as Arabic calligraphy, is the art of writing, and by extension, of bookmaking. Calligraphy is an especially revered form of Islamic art since it was the primary means for the preservation of the Qur’an.

Duration: 2 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • Spanish,
  • Italian,
  • Russian,
  • French,
  • Japanese


  • Learn Ottoman-Turkish calligraphy in a fun hands-on workshop

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Ottoman-Turkish calligraphy is associated with geometric Islamic art on the walls and ceilings of mosques, as well as on the page.

Contemporary artists in the Islamic world draw on the heritage of calligraphy by using calligraphic inscriptions or abstractions in their work.

The first to gain popularity was the Kufic script – an angular script made of short vertical strokes, long horizontal strokes and bold, compact circles.

The Diwani script is a cursive style of Arabic calligraphy that was developed during the reign of the early Ottomans (16th–early 17th century). It was invented by Housam Roumi and reached its height of popularity under Süleyman I the Magnificent.

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What’s included & not included

  • Guidance and assistance in English
  • Workshop area
  • All necessary equipment

Meeting point

İshakpaşa Caddesi 6, Cankurtaran, Sultanahmet

This operator has 35 reviews for other tours


An authentic experience
If you want to experience Whirling Dervishes Ceremony like a local then don’t miss that one.
lovely experience!!!
i had the most fun learning Ebru with bettul and her husband. theyre both really lovely people and very good teachers.
Fun and educative
This was a fantastic class with Betul and Ali. They showed my friend and I the techniques of Ebru (Turkish paper marbling, which is not unlike west European paper marbling), showed us how to make some traditional floral designs, then left us to our own devices. We made 20 or 30 sheets, some independent pictures, others we plan to use as a basis for painting and/or collage. The workshop is fantastic, in historic Istanbul with a view over the Bosphorus.
Wonderful performance in a historic setting
It was an hour of magnificence that left the audience enthralled!
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