Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics Exhibition Tour

Guided Tour

May 26, 2023 / 19:00

Kütahya, the most important ceramic production centre after Iznik during the Ottoman period, is a city that has kept this art alive with its traditional methods until today. In the 18th century, Kütahya tile-making, which gave its most competent examples and then declined with the decrease in production and diversity, was revived in the late 19th century. As an "urban art" in a line between Iznik and Çanakkale tile-making, it became one of the essential parts of the Ottoman art mosaic with its rich product range and continuity.

In the guided tour, social, cultural and communal life in the Ottoman Empire is analysed through the motifs in the works in the Coffee Break exhibition and the Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics Collection. Participants have the opportunity to see artefacts that are not on display in the show.

Turkish coffee is offered to our guests participating in the exhibition tour at Pera Cafe.

The 30-minute guided tour is free of charge, and the language is Turkish. The quota is limited. To join the tour, you can make a reservation via resepsiyon@peramuzesi.org.tr e-mail address.

Temporary Exhibition

Coffee Break

Discovered in Ethiopia as the “magic fruit,” and reaching the land of the Ottomans through Yemen in the 15th century, coffee soon assumed its place as a prestigious beverage in the palace and wealthy households. 

Coffee Break

The Welcoming of Venetian Balios to Ottoman Lands

The Welcoming of Venetian Balios to Ottoman Lands

The series of paintings depicting the audience ceremonies of European ambassadors hold a unique place among the works of Jean-Baptiste Vanmour of Valenciennes, who lived in İstanbul from 1699 until his death in 1737.

The Ottoman Way of Serving Coffee

The Ottoman Way of Serving Coffee

Coffee was served with much splendor at the harems of the Ottoman palace and mansions. First, sweets (usually jam) was served on silverware, followed by coffee serving. The coffee jug would be placed in a sitil (brazier), which had three chains on its sides for carrying, had cinders in the middle, and was made of tombac, silver or brass. The sitil had a satin or silk cover embroidered with silver thread, tinsel, sequin or even pearls and diamonds.

Midnight Stories: Hotel of Retro Dreams <br> Doğu Yücel

Midnight Stories: Hotel of Retro Dreams
Doğu Yücel

He didn’t expect this from me. And I hadn’t expected that we would decide to get married that day, at that moment. Everything happened all of a sudden, but exactly like it was supposed to happen in our day. We thought of the idea of marriage simultaneously, we smiled simultaneously, blinking and opening our eyes in unison.