Traditional Turkish Tile-Painting (Cini) Workshop in Istanbul - in Istanbul - LikeALocal Guide

Traditional Turkish Tile-Painting (Cini) Workshop in Istanbul


69 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
  • English,
  • Spanish,
  • Italian,
  • Russian,
  • French


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

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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.

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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

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Simply amazing!
This is what you call an actual dervish ceremony. The one you see at bosphorus tours is just for fun. This was actually spiritual. Loved it.
This is definitely worth your time and money. An enchanting spectacle and unusual unforgettable music.
Great trip
Our guide was a sweetheart! I was travelling with my mom and the guide was very attentive to her, which made it an easy and memorable trip. He also definitely knows a lot about the city and told us a great deal about Istanbul while we were on the island. This is perfect for companies of 3-5 people. Excellent experience!
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Tour operated by: Şengüler Tourism-Hakan