I Bought God in Istanbul

3.14.2011


The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is massive! Thousands of stores, shops, and stands and one of the few things I came out with was this little compact mirror. I asked the guy I bought it from what the Arabic symbol on the front meant (since the designy-looking script is why I liked it, I didn't actually NEED another mirror but whatever) and he translated something like "God is everywhere, God is one." Good enough for me! And off I went with my pretty new mirror in 3 different colors.


I'm so hooked on apple tea now.

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10 comments:

Brooke said...

That mirror is beautiful!! I love your blog and thank you for your comment! The bag is from Net-a-porter!here's the link:

http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/105854?cm_mmc=LinkshareUS-_-Custom-_-Link-_-Builder&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-1Ll26xQWs56KRRaaYeQkZA

Maury said...

Lorena,

What a beautiful treasure you found in Istanbul and I love love the meaning of the scripture. Istanbul has been on my list for a while, I know I would go crazy for the fabrics and the furniture...can't wait!

Maury
www.heightsoffashion.typepad.com

Lorena @ The Gypsy Route said...

Thanks so much ladies!

Cupcakes and Cosmopolitans said...

Beautiful pictures!

$armin

MaviDeniz said...

i was in turkey about 10 years ago and i loved every second of it. i only went to antalya though, on my next trip i want to go to istanbul. it's where my parents are from :)

Daniela Hritcu said...

I am a good friend of Michelle (and a graphic designer, travel lover and little photographer at heart). You and your blog are so beautiful!!!!!!

LORENA said...

Hi Daniela! Wow thanks so much for your nice comment! Sounds like we have a lot in common already, lol, so glad you liked the site! :-)

DiDi said...

I love this!

Rayiha said...

I think the designy-looking script is a "Tugra" which is a kind of signature of sultans. I can't read it correctly, but it resembles Sultan Mehmet Vahdettin's tugra. (Mehmet Vahdettin was the last sultan of the Ottoman Empire.) I don't want to make you sad but the meaning of tugra is: Khan Mehmet, the son of Abdulmecit, is victorious forever.

Lorena said...

@ Rayiha - I was told in Turkey by an Islamic Turk (not the person I bought it from) that the symbol meant what I describe above. Either way it's a pretty script that I really liked so it doesn't make much difference to me what it says, lol.. It's possible that the sultans described themselvesm as a God or someone to be worshipped, so the general meaning would be the same.. I saw many of these kinds of symbols in Istanbul though, all very similar

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