Islamic Manuscript Illumination: Halkâr

Halkâr is a form of ornamentation used in Islamic manuscript illumination, featuring  floral motifs painted in washes of dissolved gold.

The course will begin with a visual introductory lecture on the different styles of halkâr . The tutor will then give practical demonstrations of the tarama or sweep style.

Then with the tutor’s guidance students will:

Practice drawing patterns on a background, practice painting in the tarama style, with the tutor’s direct guidance, paint a piece using the practised technique and create ruled lines and burnish the work before completion.

This course is part of the Bagri Foundation Open at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, which aims to expand Asian arts courses at The School.

Dr Gülnihal Küpeli

Gülnihal is currently an assistant professor at Marmara University – Fine Arts Faculty. She holds an MA and PhD from Marmara University in the traditional arts, and her research focused on Ottoman illumination, including folios of muraqqa and illumination in the Bayezid II period.

She teaches practical courses at Istanbul Classical Turkish Arts Foundation, exhibits internationally, and continues her own practice from her studio in Istanbul.


Aug 27 2018 - Aug 31 2018


8:00 am - 6:00 pm


The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
19-22 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3SG

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