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Modern Turkish designs spread across globe

When we hear the word "Ottoman" in Britain, we can't help but think of luxurious furniture and lavish fabrics, with an exotic flavour.

But in Turkey it doesn't just conjure up a design aesthetic, but an entire period of history. While most leading cities have been the centre of a great cultural empire, Istanbul has been the heart of two. As Constantinople it was the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and as Istanbul it was the capital of the Ottoman Empire.

This history has made the country rich with different textures, styles and interiors. Sumptuous palaces sit next to modern offices and condominiums. There are malls and all the usual international chains, but there is still little to rival the bustle of the hawkers in the Grand Bazaar, whose haggling can hardly have changed in 500 years.

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