Hurriyet Daily News: Saadet Erciyas, a female entrepreneur, and her team are creating decorative products by using the marbling art on Turkish natural stone. As part of the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture events, she is preparing to display her products and sell them in museum stores. Her next goal is to market them around the world.
According to Erciyas, the natural stones on which they work include travertine from the Aegean city of Denizli, marble from Afyon in western Turkey and limestone from the Mediterranean city of Antalya. "We bring stone together with marbling art and make decorative products for the house. We create frames, paintings, coat hangers and plaques,” she said. "We apply flower designs, which are traditional designs in marbling art, such as tulips, daisies, violets and roses to the stone. We also pay attention so that the colors do not hide the texture of the natural stone.”
Aesthetic Marble is working with five female marbling artists, Erciyas said. "Each product we produce is the only one. This is unique to marbling art,” she added. "You can get only one product from the marble tray at one time. No product is the same as another – you can find a similar one, but not the same. The fact that the products are unique makes you enjoy them more.”
The entrepreneur said she and her team have received orders from boutique hotels, stone houses and the construction sector during the fairs they have participated in. "We are working on them,” she said. "Our products will be used as decoration on walls of mosques, caravanserai or boutique hotels.”