White stone, red brick, pink mortar (Topkapı Sarayı)


Small (21.9" x 16.4")

Marjolein Katsma

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Small 21.9" x 16.4"
Medium 31.2" x 23.4"
Large 44.2" x 33.2"
Note: Includes a 3/16" white border


  • Printed on 185gsm semi gloss poster paper
  • Custom cut to three maximum sizes – A2, A1 & A0
  • 5mm white border to assist in framing
  • Tack them to your bedroom door, or frame


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wall, istanbul, turkey, türkye, turkye, stone, brick, mortar, white, grey, gray, red, pink, topkapı sarayı, topkapi sarayi, topkapi palace, divan meydanı, divan meydani, second courtyard

This use of red brick in combination with white chalk stone or granite – seen quite a lot in old buildings in Istanbul – was very striking: sometimes in the form of red bands of brick alternating with the stone, or arches made of brick, like in the Yedikule Fortress, but also to just fill up holes between irregular stone blocks, as done here. I suspect the latter is an older technique but I have yet to find information on that…

This type of brick is very, very soft (which must be due to a fairly low firing temperature), so it easily breaks. If you click the image to enlarge it, you can easily see numerous red specks in the pink mortar: it looks like broken bricks were pounded to a powder and then mixed in with the mortar: that way nothing was wasted, and causing the pleasing pink color of the mortar: also seen in quite a few buildings here in Istanbul.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

Featured on the Walls of Istanbul calendar:
Walls of Istanbul


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