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A Brief History of Ebru Art

Edip Asan

Mandalina Art Gallery

 

The origin of Ebru Art

Despite the place of Ebru’s origin is not known, the biggest part of researchers says that this kind of art became known in Turkistan and reached the lands of the Ottoman Empire. From the point of view of the works’ quality and the level of art, the most interesting and artistic ebru works made by Turkish Ebru artists in Istanbul. We can easily realize the high level of performance and the artists’ professionalism seeking through the historical works of Turkish artists of Ebru of that time, which are the part of Turkish great cultural heritage.

The meaning of the "Ebru Word"

"Ebru" is said to be taken from the Persian root "ebr", which means "cloud" or "cloudy". It is also believed that the images of the colors we’ve got on the surface of the water at first and finally get them transferred to the paper are associated with the images of clouds and look similar to them.

Further spreding of Ebru Art

Finally Ebru becomes popular in Europe and it belongs to the 15th century. For a long time, European travellers bought ebru papers  from Turkish ebru artists when they visited Istanbul. In Europe these papers called Turkish paper and were used for books’ decorating and sometimes just as a gift. 

Nowadays Ebru- Marbling Art

Looking at the last decades of Ebru’s history, it becomes clear that the art has escaped the danger of its disappearance. A huge role in it was played by the development of communication tools that helped people to know more about this art and about it's technique and materials which were kept like a secret by ebru artists during the history of this art. 


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