Istanbul?s eponymous Grand Bazaar is a mecca for one-of-a-kind pieces sourced from artisans around the globe. Featuring an unmatched collection of precious and semi-precious jewels, boldly printed carpets, and exotic textiles mixed with commonplace objects like spices and sweets, it?s a go-to shopping site for locals and tourists alike. NYC?s luxury book publisher, Assouline, has compiled a book, The Grand Bazaar Istanbul, of lush photographs that detail the history of this must-visit locale, ranging from its start half a millennium ago to its current slate of multi-designer boutiques.
The Grand Bazaar Istanbul allows aspiring jetsetters to take a virtual jaunt throughout the bustling booths of the bazaar, depicting its ultra-colorful wares and even more colorful merchants. Photographer Laziz Hamani and Ottoman art expert Serdar G?lg?n adeptly guide readers through the market?s storied rise and fall. Believed to be the oldest and largest of all the world?s bazaars, the Grand Bazaar has endured numerous fires and earthquakes over the centuries, yet it thrives today as the hub of local and international commerce in Istanbul?just as it has in the past.
To snag your copy of this expertly crafted tome, click here to visit the Assouline Web site.
And if you?re craving a real-time peek at the Grand Bazaar?s covetable selection, shop the Grand Bazaar at L-atitude here!
October 16, 2012
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