The Galata Tower Istanbul

By Charlotte wallbank
on July 13, 2017

The Galata Tower Istanbul

The Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi in Turkish) is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/ Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, just to the north of the Golden Horn's junction with the Bosphorus. One of the city's most striking landmarks, it is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic view of Istanbul's historic peninsula.

The nine-story tower is 66.90 m (219.5 ft) tall and was the city's tallest structure when it was built. There is a restaurant and café on its upper floors which command a magnificent view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. Also located on the upper floors is a night club which hosts a Turkish show. There are two operating elevators that carry visitors from the lower level to the upper levels.

The Romanesque style tower was built as Christea Turris (Tower of Christ) in 1348 during an expansion of the Genoese colony in Constantinople. Galata Tower was the tallest building in Istanbul and was built to replace the old Tower of Galata, an original Byzantine tower named Megalos Pyrgos, which controlled the northern end of the massive sea chain that closed the entrance to the Golden Horn. That tower was on a different site and was largely destroyed in 1203, during the Fourth Crusade of 1202–1204.

In 1794, Galata Tower was devastated by a fire, somewhat ironic given that it was serving as a fire watchtower at the time!

In 1875, during a storm, the conical roof on the top of the building was destroyed. The tower remained without this conical roof for the rest of the Ottoman period. Many years later, during the restoration works between 1965 and 1967, the conical roof was reconstructed. During this final restoration in the 1960s, the wooden interior of the tower was replaced by a concrete structure and it was commercialized and opened to the public.

Turkish Lighting, Bright Ideas

By Charlotte wallbank
on May 01, 2017

Turkish Lighting, Bright Ideas

Turkish Pendant Lighting

Turkish Pendant lighting, sometimes referred to as drop or suspender lights are a lone lighting fixture that hangs from the ceiling and are usually suspended by a cord, chain or in some cases the use of a metal rod is employed.

Although they are used as solitary fixture, in many cases people often use multiples of the same fixtures to ensure that the room is fully lit.

Turkish pendant lighting can be used in lots of places around the home, using different colours and styles to create a different atmosphere in each room.

The reason that they are referred to as pendant lights is due to the fact that they hang down similar to a pendant on a necklace.When singular pendant lights are used they often hang from a high porch above a door or over a table, however, when people utilize multiple pendants they often group them in a straight line so that they are neat and aesthetically pleasing.

From a visual perspective, Turkish pendant lights come in a wide range of different sizes, both in terms of scale and in wattage. In addition to these physical aspects, pendants lights come in a wide variety of different styles, designs and an array of different colours, allowing you to find something which is suited towards your own personal preference but also compatible with your available budget.

Here at Lamptastic we have a stunning display of different pendant lights with a never ending choice of colours and designs, for you to browse through and buy from online. Whether you are looking for something ultra modern and contemporary or something classic and traditional, we have something within our online range for everyone.

If you like what we offer within our stunning selection of Turkish Lamps, but would prefer it in different colours or sizes, then just get in touch. We welcome custom designs and love bringing peoples ideas to life 

LAMPTASTIC, Turkish Style Lighting

By Charlotte wallbank
on March 17, 2017

LAMPTASTIC, Turkish Style Lighting

 

 Turkish Style Lighting

How did it all start for us? Our journey started in Turkey, this is where it all began, completely mesmerized by the unique and total beauty of the Turkish Lamps.

I heard over and over again in all the shops, how can I get these home safely? and this being the main reason that deterred people from purchasing them.

So once I arrived home, I worked hard to find a work with a manufacturer, I could work with and trust to deliver the results I was looking for, which was 100% satisfaction. This took many weeks of research and meetings to be completely sure that they would be able to deliver what I and you wanted, which in essence is what we pay for, a beautiful Turkish Lamp. 

 

Turkish Style Lighting,

When High Quality Material and creativity come together. 

All of our items are designed to be unique.

Once you have these lamps in your home, if you go anywhere even paradise, you will miss your home.

Glass making as a valued profession goes back hundreds of years in Turkey and is thought by most historians to have reached its zenith in the 16th century.

Glass products of this time including flower vases, carafes, drinking glasses, sugar bowls, flasks and more exhibit and amazing delicacy and are examples of the highly-developed aesthetic sensibilities of the artisans of the time.

 It is during this time that the historical record first takes note of oil lamps with colourful glass shades that would become the precursors of the Turkish Lamps we know today.

The Turkish Glass Lamp

shade spent several centuries being refined and reworked and having its aesthetic breadth expanded and elaborated upon. By the late 19th century it has reached an extraordinary level of elegance and sophistication.

 It was this time that Louis Comfort Tiffany, on one of his many European sojourns, first encountered them. He was so taken aback with what he had found in Constantinople (present day Istanbul) that he returned to his American workshop and set about to try to emulate it.

Tiffany made subtle changes to the production process and also tweaked the look of the glass itself to set them apart from their Byzantine progenitors then launched the new product in 1893 to a rapturous reception from consumers on both sides of the Atlantic.

From that point on the mosaic table lamp, which had been developed and refined in Asia Minor for hundreds of years, became widely known as the ‘Tiffany Lamp

We are lovers of Turkish Lamps, the skill and time that goes into creating these masterpieces all by hand is second to none.

Turkish lamps are the perfect addition to any home to complement the decor.

We cannot deny that Turkish lamps exist in a class of its own. These lamps have been traced as far back as two millennials ago in Asian Minor. 

They are a beauty to behold and not as expensive as people think they are. 

Turkish Lamps have fundamental qualities and unequaled ability to create and uplifting atmosphere that just puts you in a better mood instantly.

The mosaic lamp has evolved over time to become a nearly indispensable addition to any sophisticated décor. The warmth and charm they bring to a space, combined with the tactile quality of their construction and the sheer beauty of the light they cast makes them perfect anchoring element in the study, The foyer, the kitchen and elsewhere. Few other decorative components will exude such and influence over the way your home is experienced, and fewer still will be capable of doing so for decades to come.

For those looking for amazing Turkish Mosaic Lamps, Lamptastic has an unlimited selection. Whether table lamps or hanging lamps all of our lamps are of the same high quality and every and are every bit the equal of anything produced today with the name Tiffany attached. What’s even better is you won’t be paying the premium the Tiffany name brings to their product, instead you will pay a fair price for a beautifully crafted Mosaic Lamp made by hand, by dedicated craftsmen.

 

Turkish Lamps

By Charlotte wallbank
on February 20, 2017
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Turkish Lamps

Turkish Lamps, Turkish Style Lighting

Most of us start decorating our home with a colour choice to make. Me personally I like bland colours for the walls, so pretty much every room in my home is Magnolia apart from the children's rooms. I like bland walls so that I can throw in big swatches of colour. Tester pot swatches are the right of passage most paint colours face as we try out our perfect paint colours in patches before committing to what will become a long term relationship. It’s such a faff and upheaval decorating, we all dither with that first tentative step, the paint choice. 

Turkish Lamps

There are so many trends around at the moment, so many ways to bring colour and texture into your home, it can be confusing to know where to start. I know I’m drawn to all kinds of looks and find it hard to settle on just one when I’m choosing for my own home. Maybe that’s because of all the wonderful designs, pattern and print I see on a daily basis, but if you love home interiors in the same way you might have the same problem.

Turkish Lighting

So how do we choose a Turkish Lamp to go with our decor? Well its difficult really as there is a huge array of colour's  with Turkish Lamps you may want to buy one that is a country mile away from your current colour scheme. That's ok, as Turkish lamps are mood lighting lamps, they set a scene of relaxation throughout the year and actually they all look pretty bland during daylight hours.

Turkish Mosaic Lighting

We have a huge range of beautiful lamps Turkish Lamps, and you are guaranteed to find one not only you love but also complements your decor, with pieces suitable for any room in your home.

 

 

 

 

Integrating Turkish Mosaic Lamps into your home

By Charlotte wallbank
on February 01, 2017

Integrating Turkish Mosaic Lamps into your home

 

HOW TO INTEGRATE TURKISH MOSAIC LAMPS WITH YOUR HOME DECOR

We cannot deny that Turkish mosaic lamps exist in a class of its own. These lamps have been traced as far back as two millennials ago in Asian Minor. They are a beauty to behold and not as expensive as people think it is. Mosaic lamps have fundamental qualities and unequaled ability to create an uplifting atmosphere that just puts you in a better mood instantly. Still, homeowners usually don’t know how to go about integrating it with their home décor to produce the desired results. In this post, we’ll discuss some pertinent things we must pay attention to when selecting and placing your mosaic lamp.

Turkish Lighting Style:

 It is important we have an idea as to what type of lamp will best suit a room as it isn't every lamp style that will be appropriate for every room. You must also identify what will work best in a given environment. Consider placing your mosaic table lamp close to your bed or your favourite reading position. For your kitchen, try placing a small pendant lamp just over the sink. Enhance the looks of your dining room by hanging a magnificent mosaic chandelier above the center of the table or hang a lamp in the foyer to welcome guests.

Turkish Lamps Colours:

 Mosaic lamps are usually very colourful and so you must factor in the colour of a room and its surroundings when buying mosaic lamps. It is advisable you take pictures of the room you want to decorate when going shopping to ensure that the lamp you want to buy matches the colour of the room.

Turkish Lamps Lighting Patterns: 

One outstanding quality of Turkish Mosaic lamps is that they have very rich expressive patterns.  You must carefully consider the patterns in your room, be it upholstery, wallpapers, throw rugs, etc before choosing which mosaic lamp best suits your needs.

Turkish Style Lighting: 

Turkish mosaic lamps are not usually very bright and it is intentional. Their purposes are more of creating an ambiance as well as complimenting the entire décor of a room. Remember that mosaic lamps are artifacts and not designed for working. They are there to be admired and appreciated for its ageless beauty.

Turkish Lamps Size:

 Also, important, is the size of the space you wish to illuminate as this will influence the size of the mosaic lamp you want to fix. Imagine putting up a gigantic lamp in a small space and vice versa; it can be overwhelming. You must strike a balance between the two.

Today, Mosaic lamps are one of the most versatile components of interior decoration. They enhance the beauty and authenticity of any room and they are sure to retain their value and ability to impress for many years to come. If you’re in need of a finishing touch for your décor, Turkish mosaic lamp is the smart way to go and we stock the best kinds.

 

 

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