Choosing a Lamp at the Anatolian Turkish Handcrafts Shop in Bodrum

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Three years ago, we walked into a souvenir shop in Antalya to buy some gifts for our family.  While browsing the store, this lamp, covered in dust, purred like a kitten, beckoned us from the top shelf.

The owner of the store borrowed a ladder from the next store and brought down the lamp.  He tried to remove the thick dust so we could see the details. We did not care.  We found our magic lamp that would fit perfectly in our foyer.  It was a pretty big lamp and we were not sure how it would fit in our luggage. But we were determined to buy it and figure out later how to bring it home. At least we estimated that it would fit in the overhead bin on the plane. Since it was a forgotten item for so long (the owner said about five years), we bought it at an incredibly low price.

As soon as we reached our hotel room, we disassembled the lamp.  We stuffed the round glass with our t-shirts and wrapped everything with whatever we had in our luggage.  At least, there was not much dirty laundry. 

Now, it hangs from the high ceiling in the foyer.  Every time we look at our magic lamp we become happy that it found its place, overlooking the Keyport beach on the bay. 

Turkish lamp at our Keyport house

Turkish lamp at our Keyport house

Now that we have a little getaway place in Yalikavak, we decide to find another beautiful lamp that would enjoy our water view and take care of our house when we are away.

We take a dolmus to Bodrum and walk to the area where the most souvenir shops are located. We decisively walk into the Anatolian Handcrafts store since we have checked out the lamps there before we bought our place in Yalikavak. The store has an excellent collection of hand-blown glass lamps. 

Anatolian Turkish Handcrafts Store, Bodrum, Turkey

Anatolian Turkish Handcrafts Store, Bodrum, Turkey

With our necks stretching out to check out all the lamps hanging from the ceiling, we find two that tickle our fancy.

Hand-made Turkish lamps, Bodrum

Hand-made Turkish lamps, Bodrum

One lamp has a blue hand-blown sphere glass with intricate wire details, like filigree jewelry.  This style is known as Telkari in Turkey.  Telkari jewelry goes back to 3000 BCE starting in upper Mesopotamia. Still today, artisans mostly in Mardin province of Turkey create jewelry and objects by turning very thin, almost as thin as hair, silver and gold wires into delicate, almost lace-like structures.

Telkari jewelry, picture from Anadolu Jet magazine (http://www.anadolujet.com/aj-en/anadolujet-magazine/2010/may/articles/love-that-comes-from-wire-telkari.aspx)

Telkari jewelry, picture from Anadolu Jet magazine

 

Blue glass telkari lamp, Bodrum, Turkey

Blue glass telkari design lamp, Bodrum, Turkey

The other lamp is of a bright metal (I guess it is tin) with cutout holes.  It has an intricate lace-like pattern.    

Metal cut-out lace work, Turkish lamp, Bodrum

Metal cut-out lace work, Turkish lamp, Bodrum

After debating which one to choose, we opt for the blue lamp, maybe because it is blue, maybe because it has the telkari design.

While the manager is gathering the necessary hardware for our lamp, we start to check around what kind of souvenirs we can buy. 

The store is so colorful that it is hard to resist not taking pictures of some of the items they sell.

 

Meerschaum pipes (from Eskisehir region, soft meerschaum stone to carve pipes)

Meerschaum pipes (from Eskisehir region, soft meerschaum stone to carve pipes)

Nargile (Hookah)

Nargile (Hookah)

Handmade ceramic pieces

Handmade Turkish ceramic pieces

 

HandmadeTurkish  ceramic plates

Handmade Turkish ceramic plates

Turkish tea glasses on a metal tray

Turkish tea glasses on a metal tray

Strings of Turkish evil eye charms

Strings of Turkish evil eye charms

We leave the store carefully carrying our bags filled with souvenirs and our blue lamp.

Now, as we look at our Turkish lamp here in Keyport, we think about our blue lamp in Bodrum.

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