The Ottomans

One of the perks of controlling half the planet? A nice portrait or two.  

Talk about having the weight of the world on your shoulders, er, head. Suleiman I (The Magnificent), 1520-1566 (loved big turbans, conquered everything in sight; made sure beautiful buildings were built on all the key sites).

Murad III, 1574-1595, (a notorious womanizer who also enjoyed large head accessories and strangled his brother to take the throne).

Abdülmecid I, 1839-1861, (son to the guy below...made things even more European).

Mahmud II (Adli), 1808-1839 (brought in European-style clothing).


  1. Anonymous says:

    Mahmud II looks like Raffi (

  2. Anonymous says:

    First Ceylan's Istanbul, now the Ottomans. Might one inquire: Wht the suddent interest in things Turkish?

  3. jezebel says:

    Take a day to visit the Princes' Island while you're on holiday. Donkeys and Victorian seaside houses, but Turkish style!

  4. It looks amazing! We're totally going. (Oh, anon...Porter and I are going to Istanbul at the end of March)

  5. DocP says:

    For some lighthearted fun, rent Topkapi. It is 45 years old, but the historic sights of Istanbul are eternal (with apologies to Rome.)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Of course Raffi is Armenian and you know what the Turks did to them. My husband's family lost many in the genocide.

  7. stephanie says:

    If you get a chance, pick up the book "A Mind at Peace" by Tanpinar- it's considered to be the best book about Istanbul. Lyrical and dense, but lovely.

  8. Anonymous says:

    funny, the size of their hat is directly proportional to the atrocious acts they committed. I wonder how big the running prime minister's hat is

  9. I would very much like to add "The Magnificent" to my moniker.

  10. Anonymous says:

    In order to be sultan, they all had to struggle their brothers, as they were all half-brothers with mothers from Sultan's harem

  11. Anonymous says:

    Spacify has a wide and unbelievable range of Leather Ottomans.