The Grand Bazaar Istanbul, published this year by Assouline Press, is a lavish collection of photos and text about Istanbul’s famous centuries-old covered market, with text by Serdar Gülgün (a well-known Ottoman art expert and collector) and photos by Laziz Hamani, whose portfolio includes work done for Chanel, Dior, Swarovski, and Harry Winston. The full-sized, hard-cover volume is divided into the following sections: “Introduction to the Grand Bazaar,” “Main Alleys of the Bazaar,” “Inner Bedesten,” “Hans of the Bazaar,” and “Around the Bazaar.” In addition to Gülgün’s informative discussions of the Bazaar, there are abundant quotations about the Bazaar and about Istanbul by local residents, as well as famous past visitors. Hamani’s full-sized color photos are accompanied by etchings, watercolors, and paintings ranging in period from Ottoman times down to our own century.
In this volume you can enter into the world of the Bazaar, meeting the owners of well-known shops like Koç Leather and Fur, L’orient Handicrafts, Dhoku, and many more. The Grand Bazaar Istanbul covers the Bazaar’s restaurants and cafes (Fes Cafe, Şark Kahvesi, Havuzlu Restaurant) and has profiles of Bazaar notables like gramophone dealer Mehmet Usta. The book also features a section on the historic hans (inns) on the outskirts of the Bazaar, and covers a number of establishments that are not strictly speaking inside the Grand Bazaar, such as Elif Kitabevi, an antiquarian bookstore in the Beyazıt Sahaflar Çarşısı (secondhand booksellers’ market). Reading The Grand Bazaar Istanbul, you can also learn about lesser-known sides of Bazaar life, such as the Uzbek and Turkmen communities who ply their traditional trades in the Bazaar.
Sales of The Grand Bazaar Istanbul – available exclusively from Assouline boutiques worldwide – have been so successful over the past month in Turkey that the book is currently out of stock; however, it will soon be available for purchase again from Assouline’s store in Bebek. Assouline; Cevdet Paşa Caddesi No.25/A Bebek; P: (0212) 287 55 34