Turkish Marbling ( Ebru ) Lessons & Workshops In Istanbul

Art of Ottoman Marbling  


Turkish Marbling - Ebru Lessons in Istanbul.

Turkish Paper marbling
 is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to marble or other stone, hence the name. The patterns are the result of color floated on either plain water or a viscous solution known as size, and then carefully transferred to a sheet of paper (or other surfaces such as fabric). In Ebru art, you can draw flower figures that are traditional from the Ottoman period BUT the things that you can capable of by using Ebru art is unlimited. All you need is your imagination.

This decorative material has been used to cover a variety of surfaces for several centuries. It is often employed as a writing surface for calligraphy, and especially book covers and endpapers in bookbinding and stationery. Part of its appeal is that each print is a unique monoprint.

Need a break from the hustle and bustle of tourist life in Istanbul? Come take an art class with the remarkable Turkish artist Betul !

LEARN the secrets of creating the rich patterns of handmade marble paper . 

EXPERIENCE the sensuous flow of Ottoman Marble ( Ebru ). 

CONTEMPORARY create design fabric marbling paper technique designs on paper, glass or on silk fabrics .

Our teacher that is shown in our pictures is Ms. Betul Senguler. She gives our group classes in Sultanahmet. For private lessons we have one more teacher as well.

About The Artists : 

Betul Senguler : Our professional Ebru Artist for our group & private classes in Sultanahmet with the experience of 8 yrs in Ottoman Marbling.

** If you have any interest of learning Classical Ottoman Marble, joining a workshop or ordering a special Turkish Marble Art Work from our teacheri please call us or send us an e-mail to get more information and to get a meeting. For any Question : E-MAIL

Contact: Mr.Alp AKSAHIN
( Phone : +90 544 220 10 22 )
Contact : Mr.Hakan HACIBEKIROGLU
( Phone : +90 533 738 58 62 )
Contact : Mr.Ugur SENGULER
( Phone : +90 505 709 33 84 )
Les Arts Turcs I - Art Gallery & Studio
Alemdar Mah Incili Çavus Sok.  No: 19 Floor : 3 (Behind The Underground Cistern)  Sultanahmet 34400
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 212 527 68 59 Fax: +90 212 527 68 59

Les Arts Turcs II - Art Gallery & Studio
Cankurtaran Mah. Ishakpasa Cad.  No: 6 Floor : 3 (Near the Topkapi Palace Entrance)  Sultanahmet 34400
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 212 638 12 15 Fax: +90 212 638 76 06

Here is our adres : http://www.lesartsturcs.com/contact_us
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2 Hours Turkish Marbling Workshop ( Per Person )
2 and more student
70 Euro
1 student
80 Euro
Workshop Includes.
  • These are private events and runs upon request.
  • English Guidance and assistance service.
  • Workshop area & equipments are included.
  • 2 Hours workshop in our Studio.
  • For more info please send us an e-mail.

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Turkish Marbling ( Ebru ) Set


Our Professional Marbling ( Ebru ) Set is Available for Purchase in Our Gallery. We can also mail it all over the world.

Gum tragacanth – Dye – Paintbrush – Basin – Water – Paper - Gall

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Marbled paper, called ebru in Turkish, was used extensively in the binding of books and within the calligraphic panels in Turkey.  The existing word ebre in Eastern Turkish, meaning variegated, points to the fact that marbling might have been known by the populations of Central Asia. Its origin might ultimately hark back to China, where a document from the T'ang dynasty (618-907) mentions a process of coloring paper on water with five hues. In the early examples from the 16th c. in the Ottoman-Turkish era, ebru appears in the battal (stone) form, namely without any manipulation. Interestingly, several variations developed in time, giving us types such as gelgit, tarakli, hatip, bülbül yuvasi, çiçekli (respectively come-and-go, combed, preacher, nightingale's nest, flowered, etc.) An attempt has been made here to show some of its principal patterns, with samples by the master marblers of this century chosen from our collection.

Ebru technique consists of sprinkling colours containing a few drops of ox-gall on to the surface of the bath sized with kitre (gum tragacanth) in a trough. By carefully laying the paper over the bath, the floating picture on top of it is readily transferred to the paper; thus, each ebru is a one of a kind print. To obtain beautiful ebru results, one needs to have a light hand, refined taste, and an open mind to the unexpected patterns forming on the water. Patience and a good knowledge of traditional culture are characteristic of ebru masters.

After the 1550's, booklovers in Europe prized ebru, which came to be known as ‘Turkish papers’. Many specimens in their collections and in the several album amicorum books are visible today in various museums. Also, early texts dealing with ebru, such as “Discourse on decorating paper in the Turkish manner”, published in 1664 by Athanasius Kircher in Rome, helped to disseminate the knowledge of this kind of marbling art. There is agreement amongst scholars that  the so-called Turkish Papers played a colourful influence on the book arts in Europe.