Turkish art of paper marbling is a centuries old Ottoman and Islamic art where you can paint colors on paper. In Turkey, the art is widely known as Ebru today, and continues to be very popular.
The designs and effects of Ebru include ornamentation, flowers, foliage, mosques and moons. Turkish art of marbling are used for decoration in the traditional art of bookbinding.
Ebru artists, apprentices and practitioners consider their art to be an integral part of their traditional culture, identity and lifestyle. Their knowledge and skills, as well as the philosophy behind this art, are transmitted orally and through informal practical training within master-apprentice relationships. Achieving basic skills in Ebru takes at least two years.
Ebru tradition is practised without barrier of age, gender or ethnicity, and plays a significant role in the empowerment of women and the improvement of community relationships. The collective art of Ebru encourages dialogue through friendly conversation, reinforces social ties and strengthens relations between individuals and communities.
UNESCO INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE
Beyond just its artistic merits, UNESCO noted that Ebru encourages dialogue through friendly conversation, reinforces social ties and strengthens relations between individuals and communities.
Ebru artistry, or what is called the Turkish art of paper marbling in English, has been chosen as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.