My friends Metin and Moya of Turkuaz Motif are closing their store in Crows Nest. They’ll now be concentrating on their market stalls across Sydney (details here). If you’re in the area, you still have three days to pop into their shop (127 Willoughby Road) to pick up some last minute bargains.
I visited today and bought this stunning, hand-painted platter. It’s very large – 42cm in diameter – and matches several smaller bowls and plates that I already own…
It’s a damaged piece that has been carefully repaired by Metin.
I love that, because it means that hours of meticulous craftsmanship haven’t gone to waste, the plate didn’t end up in landfill, and I had the opportunity to buy something at a massively discounted price that I couldn’t justify otherwise.
I’ll treasure this platter, because now it has a story. Perfection is overrated, and often very, very wasteful.
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The exquisitely detailed fabric below is known as a Suzani, and it’s an Uzbek wedding cloth.
It was hand-embroidered by a bride as part of her dowry in 1982 (the date is stitched into the fabric). Metin told me that often a spare would be made, which would then be sold if the wife didn’t need it or if funds were required. I can’t imagine anyone putting so much work into something and then selling it!
I’d never seen these traditional tribal textiles before and I was instantly smitten. At 1.5m x 2.6m, it will make an amazing tablecloth if I can find a sheet of plastic large enough to protect it. The second photo below (under the coffee cup) shows the needlepoint in more detail…
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I don’t have any affiliation with Turkuaz Motif, but Metin and Moya are incredibly lovely and I’m very keen to support them. When Mum and I walked by their stall at the Rocks Markets shortly after Dad passed away, Met went out of his way to give Mum a small bowl as a gift. She was very touched by his kindness. Today as I was leaving, he gave me this tiny espresso cup and saucer, and an enameled copper ring…
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If you’re in Sydney and a fan of Turkish ceramics or Central Asian textiles, you have until Saturday to pick up a bargain at their Crows Nest store. Otherwise, you can catch them at the Rocks Markets (every Saturday or Sunday) or the Kirribilli Markets (every fourth Saturday of the month). Say hi for me!