Friday, 10 August 2012

Fethiye Photo: Turkish Lanterns - A Kaleidoscope Of Colour




For last Friday's Fethiye photo, we were up the hill in Taşyaka, celebrating summer with a vibrant Sundial sunflower. For today's photo, we're back at sea level, in the centre of Fethiye, at one of our favourite haunts, Mozaik Bahçe. We were there on Wednesday night for a meal and have lots of foodie pics to show you but that's for another post.

Today, we're concentrating on the decoration around the restaurant, because if you know this place, you'll know that it's beautifully decorated with many people's favourite Turkish souvenir - mosaic, glass lanterns

Turkish Souvenirs - Mosaic Glass Lanterns
The classic Turkish souvenir - mosaic, glass lanterns
As you can see from the photo, we were there before sundown so the lanterns were yet to be lit, but even in their unlit state, they're a mesmerising kaleidoscope of colour. But a flick of a switch and these beautiful lights really come into their own. If you've ever been to Turkey, you'll know exactly what we mean because you see them hanging outside many of the souvenir shops. Paspatur is aglow with them during the summer nights.

Apart from making the restaurant look very pretty, especially in the evenings, there's another reason these lights adorn the surroundings. They're all for sale. The mosaic shades in this photo have bulbs and are connected to the mains but each table also has a battery-powered lamp, again with the glass, mosaic shades. It all makes for a very pleasant - and colourful - dining experience. Of course, it helps that the food is great, too! 


For reservations and updates of the goings on at the restaurant, you can like the Mozaik Bahçe Facebook page. And if you love these mosaic lamps and other Turkish souvenirs, owner Nichola also has a website, The Turkish Trading Company, which specialises in crafts from Turkey and nearby areas. 


Have you been to Turkey and bought a glass, mosaic lamp as a souvenir of your time here? What are your favourite colours?


9 comments:

. . one of Turkey's de-lights :-D

We have a huge African Village (kinda like an Expo) in Hyde Park at the moment, as part of the London 2012 festival.

I saw similar lanterns there.
Though they're from Morocco.
Very beautiful and delicate.

I love Turkish lanterns and bought one on my first trip to Kas many years. I hung it in my Walthamstow garden. It lasted for quite a few years before it had rusted to oblivion!

@ Alan: :). You're a comic! ;)

@ London Caller: The African village sounds really interesting. Yeah, the lanterns seem to be everywhere don't they but they are very pretty.

@ Jack Scott: Think it's about time we invested in a Turkish lantern after all these years of being here. You should have taken another back with you this time. :)

Genuine, made in Turkey mosaic lanterns and lighting are made from stained (not painted or film coloured) glass. The fittings are brass and will not rust.

Use a magnet to check the fittings are brass - if it doesn't stick it is brass. The lanterns should also come with a metal t-light candle cradle.

There are plenty of cheap imported copies around but the genuine article will stand the test of time and last forever.

@ Nichola Chapman: Well you've told us something, there. Thanks for the expert info. Now we know that, we know we can get a Turkish lantern to hang in the garden that isn't going to rust away after a few months! :)

The lanterns are beautiful. I'd love to see them lit -- or unlit, actually. Great food, lovely lighting & someone special sounds like a very nice way to spend an evening.

@ Cathy Sweeney: Oh you make it sound so romantic! ;)

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