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The Word "tezhib" originally comes from Arabic meaning the art of embellishing handwritten books such as
the Holy Quran (headings and overleaf inscriptions), the Divan, Tablets, Firmans, Stanzas and Berats
(deeds or privileges) with gold and dyes. The artist who practices this art is called  "Müzehhib" .

The origin of illimunation extends to the Uygur Turk. The works of Turkish and persian masters have made to
"Herat Style" starting in the second half of the 15th and ending in the beginning of the 17th century.
Numerous artists trained in the Imperial Decoration School (Nakkashane), namely Baba Nakkas had given
the unparelleled products of Turkish illumination art. After being employed in embellishing the offical documents,
the art of illumination led its sharpest and brightest era with the support of the Imperial Palace.

Despite marked evolutions after the 18th century under the influence of braoque rococo movements,
the eventual beauty of the final products was not impaired at all.

(....from the booklet of ADN)

some tezhib (illumination) samples from the ADN booklet


Illimination - Tugra - Ferman - Marbling - Engraving - Calligraphy - Miniature - View of Turkey


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