Traditional Turkish Tile-Painting (Cini) Workshop in Istanbul


77 EUR

The painting of Turkish tiles and ceramics is very important in the history of Islamic art. Its roots can be traced at least as far back as the Uighurs of the 8th and 9th centuries. Its subsequent development was influenced by Karakhanid, Ghaznavid and especially Iranian Seljuk art.

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


  • Learn traditional Turkish tile-painting techniques in a fun hands-on workshop


With their victory over the Byzantines at Malazgirt in 1071, the art form followed the Seljuks into Anatolia. A new period of strong development was fostered by the Anatolian Seljuk sultanate.

There’s a widely held but quite erroneous belief that figurative painting is not found in Islamic art due to prohibition by the Koran. Religious rulings issued in the 9th century discouraged the representation of any living beings capable of movement, but they weren’t rigidly enforced until the 15th century.

Figural art features strongly on tiles as well as stone and stucco reliefs of the Seljuk period, adorning both secular and religious monuments.

The subjects included nobility as well as servants, hunters and hunting animals, trees, birds, sphinxes, lions, sirens, dragons and double-headed eagles.

What’s included & not included

  • Guidance and assistance in English
  • 2-hour cini workshop
  • Workshop area
  • All necessary equipment
  • Food
  • Drinks

Meeting point

İshakpaşa Caddesi 6, Cankurtaran, Sultanahmet

From 77 EUR per person

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Tour operated by: Şengüler Tourism-Hakan

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