Workshop: The Turkish Art of Marbling, Ebru ($160.00 USD per person)

UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

Listed with UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, Ebru is the traditional Turkish art of creating colorful patterns by sprinkling and brushing color pigments onto a pan of oily water and then transferring the patterns to paper. This is such an unusual form of art. Special tools of this art are brushes of horsehair bound to straight rose twigs, a tray, natural earth pigments, cattle gall and tragacanth.

It is believed to be invented in about the thirteenth century. Seljuk and Ottoman calligraphers and artists used marbling to decorate imperial decrees, official correspondence and documents. It is often employed as a writing (background) surface for calligraphy, and especially book covers and endpapers in bookbinding. Part of its appeal is that each print is a unique monotype.

This workshop is a wonderful learning experience, in which you will get acquainted with the art of ebru in a very short period of time, and design your own “ebru” artwork.


  • This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • A workshop which invites you to learn how to make Turkish Ebru Art by traditional techniques with an expert artisan.
  • Practice different technique of the art and create your own style.
  • Experience the secret of rich patterns.
  • Learn how to obtain the ebru equipment and try later on your own.
  • A perfect choice if you are interested in learning different forms of Turkish local art.


  • All equipment and materials
  • Commentary and translation services in English by a professional local guide
  • Tea, coffee and cookies

Not included:

  • Hotel pickup and drop off. Our guests are expected to get to our place on their own. Please see the descriptions below.

Two-Hour Private Sessions are available: Please ask for available days and hours.

Price Per Person : If you are minimum two guests, the price will be $160 USD per person. Please ask for a quote for less number of participants.

How to Book?

Where is C.I.P? How convenient is the location?

Even if you are not staying in this vicinity, you will likely be in our neighborhood as we are only 5-minute walking distance from Taksim Square or the pedestrian street of Istiklal. The Çukurcuma Antiques neighborhood is nearby too.

How to get to C.I.P from Taksim Square?

Take the Sıraselviler street, pass the (former) German Hospital, enter the Soğancı street by turning left from the corner of the Pharmacy. Second block on the right. The name of our building is Cihangir Palas. There is a real estate agency at the ground floor of the building. We have an elevator and we are on the third floor.

Private car park is available at the Soğancı street.

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