EBRU art

The amazing Ebru Art is a Turkish art with a long tradition. Its origins still are unknown but there is no doubt that it flourished during the Ottoman Empire. For centuries, it was used as decorative art for bookbinding and calligraphy. The name “ebru” in Turkish means marbling and derives from the Persian “ebri” which translates as ‘looking like cloudy’. And really it looks cloudy during the application and the final result resembles painting on marble.

The ebru technique presents sprinkling color pigments with brushes made of rose wood and horse hair on a tray of dense oily water, figuring different patterns, and then transforming the colourful image to a paper.  Watching the video it looks so easy and playful but for the creation of more sophisticated works, a steady hand, experience and deeper knowledge are necessary.