MUNHANI Style in Turkish Illumination, Online Workshop


2 days Workshop


Date and Time: 1st of Feb and 3rd of Feb 6:30-8:30 (GMT)


Munhani is one of the Art of Illumination/ Tezhip style. Its literal meaning is “curves” or “curvy lines”. The various components of munhani motifs follow each in a layered approach such as bird feathers or fish scales. This motif is also called "Seljuk Münhanîsi" as it was widely used in manuscripts and in the Qur'an in Seljuks period between 11-15th centuries.

During this workshop, students will learn main key elements and rules to design a munhani pattern. They also will construct a pattern with the instructor step by step and see the painting technique of a Munhani pattern including outlining and colouring.


A couple days before the lesson you will get an email with the zoom login information. After the class, you will get the pattern analyse and motifs as pdf file.


Recordings will be available for all sessions for limited time.

Open to all skill levels.


Required Equipment & Materials

  • A4 Paper
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • A ruler
  • Eraser
  • Gouache or watercolour Paint (White, Black, and one of the following Red, Green, Blue)
  • 3-0/0 Paint Brush
  • Watercolour Paper (300gsm)

Munhani Style in Tezhip/Art of Illumination