EtiKilim in collaboration with Turkish marbling artist Şebnem Karahan, has designed marbling leather works consisting wallets, watch straps, upcycle wooden furnitures and ceramic cups.
What is marbling:
Marbling is the art of creating colorful patterns by sprinkling and brushing color pigments on a pan of oily water and then transforming this pattern to paper. It is believed to be invented in the thirteenth century Turkistan. This decorative art then spread to China, India and Persia and Anatolia. Seljuk and Ottoman calligraphers and artists used marbling to decorate books, imperial decrees, official correspondence and documents. New forms and techniques were perfected in the process and Turkey remained the center of marbling for many centuries.
In these works, first Şebnem Karahan passes the vintage leathers through the marbling process and then these leathers are hand-stitched in EtiKilim workshop and brought to their final form.
The pattern that emerges as a result of the marbling work on the leather and wood we use in our designs is one of a kind and it is not possible to repeat the same.
The leathers used in these designs are second-hand or recycling materials within the upcycle approach of Etikim. In this sense, some designs may have small stains that seem like errors.
We can also make custom marbling work on leather, canvas or wood in the desired colors upon your request.