Although there were political achievements during the reign of Sultan Mehmed III (1595-1603), reasons such as wars with Austria and Iran and internal rebellions accelerated the bad course of the Ottoman Empire’s economy. Despite this, cultural and artistic works continued to be alive during this period.
While the book touches on the garden culture of the Turks with its main lines, it also reveals the development of the Seljuk and Ottoman understanding of gardens and the general characteristics of the gardens. In addition to texts, photographs and architectural drawings collected from the archives, it exemplifies the garden mansions of the period with visual documents such as plans, facade drawings, miniatures and murals. The fact that it offers examples of garden and gazebos designed in Europe in the 19th century also provides the opportunity to compare with those in Istanbul.
Bibliography studies, which we can call “esâme-i kütüp” in our tradition or commonly “index”, are very important in terms of conducting scientific research with a specific subject and a purposeful purpose. Such publications, which serve to determine the boundaries of the research subject correctly and enrich the content, play an exceptional role in preventing duplication and thus revealing new findings fed from existing information. Since some of the new things are forgotten old things, the bibliographies that enable us to remember the old ones in question are a necessary gear of the scientific control mechanism that prevents the vicious circle in our academic research. In this regard, the need for bibliographic studies in every field is much felt in neglected disciplines such as Turkish-Islamic book arts.
The book containing works of Feride Dayanç, who introduced a contemporary approach to marbling art, was prepared by The Association of Traditional Arts in 2015.
“Ottoman Florists and Flowers” book was prepared by The Association of Traditional Arts and it is a compilation of 9 manuscripts called “şükufenâme”, each penned in different periods during Ottoman Empire. This book was a valuable contribution to our cultural heritage, thanks to the vigorous works of Researcher Dr. Seyit Ali Kahraman. Prof. Dr. Nurhan Atasoy, a doyen in arts history, contributed to this book as an advisor. The book received a great interest from traditional arts lovers.