The Nazar is the blue circular or teardrop design with a blue glass field with concentric circles including a blue or black dot superimposed on a white or yellow center. It is used in Turkish culture to ward away the “evil eye”.
At times, you come across a “nazar tree” such as this one in the Circassian restaurant’s garden:
On the final day of our Sapanca stay, we went to the lake for a paddle boat ride. They had all sorts of shops on the shoreline, including one that had sets of embroidered household sets, like table runners and doilies. These are commonly used in Turkish households, under coffee and tea service, etc. I picked out one set with silver metalwork.
I also picked up this small carpet, machine made, but I enjoyed the color and design:
Next up: Back to Istanbul!