Author(s): Metin UCAR, Serkan ILDEN

In this study, it has been aimed to examine the ornaments made with edirnekârî technique on the wooden surfaces in the buildings built during the Ottoman period in Albania. In this context, it has been tried to evaluate motifs and stylistic features of ornaments found in the research that we conducted throughout Albania by technically examining and comparing it with similar examples from Anatolia and Balkans. In the Ottoman religious architecture, the edirnekârî technique, which was started to be used in the gathering places of sultans and below the ceiling of gathering places at close distances, was applied to wooden elements in religious and civil architecture in the 18th and 19th centuries in Albania. In Albania, the best examples of the edirnekârî ornaments that reached to the present day are seen in the wooden minbar of Tiran Ethem Bey Mosque and women's gathering place. In the ornaments made of natural floral motifs, red, blue and yellow colors were preferred as background and a brighter and more vibrant appearance was obtained by applying lacquer paint on it. The edirnekarî ornaments present on the wooden ceiling surfaces, cabinet surfaces, window sills of Berat ?eyh Hasan Halveti Lodge, Ergiri Zekâtlar Mansion consist of portraits of flowers and fruits applied in a more realistic way. It has been fount out that the edirnekârî ornaments located in Albania were made in a different style and technique than the examples in Edirne and Anatolia. Particularly, it is clearly seen that the understanding of color and form carries the effects of folk art specific to the region and the vegetative motifs are preferred instead of geometric motifs.


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