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tulipa_gesnerianaThe Origins of the Tulip

Most people believe that the tulip flower comes from Holland.

They do not.

Tulips originated in Turkey (Central Asia) where they were cultivated 600 years before ever arriving in Europe.

The flower was so celebrated in the Ottoman Empire that hand-woven carpets in palaces often featured tulips as a central motif.

Tulips still continue to be featured in Turkish textiles and clothing, artwork, tiles, embroidery and more.

Now that you know a little bit more about your Islamic heritage, how can you incorporate tulips into your garden? Have you considered painting or sketching tulips as art for your home? How can you use the tulip as a motif in an original artistic creation?

All About Turkey (link)
Holland Tulip Facts (link)
Ottomans.org (link)