The sight and sound of splashing water added an element of congeniality to an enclosed space in traditional Turkish architecture and the well-off often had an indoor pool with fountains, such as this one in the Kibrislilar Yalisi, Kandilli, Istanbul
mica ertegun mica ertegun---Features from the 1860 interiors—including the dining room’s architectural detailing—were reproduced. “It’s traditional in Turkey to have moldings on the ceiling,” says Ertegun. A series of engravings depict Turkish costumes.
blue and white design by Mica Ertegun, who discovered the antique brass four-poster in New York. “Since it takes up practically the whole room, I picked an airy fabric.” Kravet bed-curtain paisley, with Samuel & Sons trim.
In this portrait, painted when he was ambassador to London, a mere decade after the first portrait, Kibrisli Mehmet Emin Pasha is only about forty. The strain of his domestic problems is all too clear. The photograph dates from the yali's heyday at the turn of the century, when it was filled with politicians, philosophers and writers.