MUNHANI Style in Turkish Illumination, Online Workshop


Date and Time: 28 November 2020, 3:30-6:30pm (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 motif.


This workshop will be held in zoom online platform, it is not a recorded class. It wont be recorded. It will be an interactive workshop like a classroom atmosphere. The class sizes are limited with 10 people.


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


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 Turkish Illumination


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