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Old December 20th, 2016, 05:42 PM   #1

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How common were turbans in the Ottoman Empire


There are several shows in Turkey that depict the Ottoman Empire that people claim are historically accurate like "Magnificent Century". But in Magnificent century, it seems like the Turks rarely wore turbans. The majority of the time, The Sultan, his advisors and guards would go without turbans. I mean in the paintings, the Turks always wore turbans it seems....

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I'm asking this even though I know a lot about the Ottoman Empire, I just do not know how frequently they wore turbans. Can someone enlighten me?
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Old December 20th, 2016, 09:48 PM   #2

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I really wonder who are that people who claim the "Magnificent Century" is historically accurate. That TV series are designed to entertain people for god's sake. What's more it's a very cheap imitation of the Tudors. As for the costumes, they are probably the most inaccurate part of that series historically.
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Old January 10th, 2017, 10:38 PM   #3

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Many sultans were painted with turbans, so I would guess they were worn.
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Some pics showing the costumes of the various peoples of the Empire.

(1. left) Muslim woman of Prizren; (2. centre) peasant man from around Prizren; (3. right) Bulgarian Christian peasant woman from Matejevac near Niš (source: Les Costumes populaires de la Turquie en 1873, Constantinople 1873, plate 12).

(1. left) hodja from Shkodra; (2. right) Christian priest from Shkodra (source: Les Costumes populaires de la Turquie en 1873, Constantinople 1873, plate 13)

(1. right) Muslim woman from Shkodra; (2. centre) Christian woman from Shkodra; (3. left) peasant woman from the Highlands (source: Les Costumes populaires de la Turquie en 1873, Constantinople 1873, plate 14)

(1. right) Muslim man from Shkodra; (2. left) Muslim woman from Shkodra (source: Les Costumes populaires de la Turquie en 1873, Constantinople 1873, plate 15)

(1. right) Christian man from Shkodra; (2. left) Christian woman from Shkodra (source: Les Costumes populaires de la Turquie en 1873, Constantinople 1873, plate 16)
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(1. right) peasant man from the Highlands; (2. left) peasant woman from the Highlands (source: Les Costumes populaires de la Turquie en 1873, Constantinople 1873, plate 17)

(1. centre) rich Albanian man from Janina; (2. right) rich Albanian woman from Janina; (3. left) child of a Albanian rich family (source: Les Costumes populaires de la Turquie en 1873, Constantinople 1873, plate 18)

(1. right) middle-class Albanian man from Janina; (2. centre) lower class Albanian man from Janina; (3. left) peasant man from around Janina (source: Les Costumes populaires de la Turquie en 1873, Constantinople 1873, plate 19)

(1. right) Vlach woman from Janina; (2. centre) Christian woman from Preveza; (3. left) peasant woman from around Trikala (source: Les Costumes populaires de la Turquie en 1873, Constantinople 1873, plate 20)

(1. right) hodja from Salonica; (2. left) haham-bashi (chief rabbi) of Salonica; (3. centre) town-dweller from Monastir (Bitola) (source: Les Costumes populaires de la Turquie en 1873, Constantinople 1873, plate 21)
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(1. right) Muslim woman from Salonica; (2. left) Jewish woman from Salonica; (3. centre) Bulgarian woman from Prilep (source: Les Costumes populaires de la Turquie en 1873, Constantinople 1873, plate 22)

(1. left) man from Mostar; (2. right) town-dweller from Sarajevo; (3. centre) woman from Sarajevo (source: Les Costumes populaires de la Turquie en 1873, Constantinople 1873, plate 23)
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There are several shows in Turkey that depict the Ottoman Empire that people claim are historically accurate like "Magnificent Century". But in Magnificent century, it seems like the Turks rarely wore turbans. The majority of the time, The Sultan, his advisors and guards would go without turbans. I mean in the paintings, the Turks always wore turbans it seems....

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I'm asking this even though I know a lot about the Ottoman Empire, I just do not know how frequently they wore turbans. Can someone enlighten me?
It looks as if the characters are from Lord of the Rings movies...........It seems people of Turkey have forgotten about their medieval history, or they simply want to look Europeans. These costumes must be inspired from Euorpean historical drama.


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Portrait of an Ottoman by Jules-Joseph Lefebvre (French painter) 1836 - 1911

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Portrait of Ottoman Ambassador at the Court of Mughal Emperor ShahJahan, 1651


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Old April 30th, 2017, 08:36 PM   #9

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I'm not sure who they're even trying to appeal to. Westerners? Any westerner that would watch a show about the Ottomans is probably already interested in the Ottomans and would prefer accuracy. And anyone who would be turned off by turbans probably isnt going to watch a show like this anyway.

If you dont want to depict a culture accurately, why use a real culture at all? Just make one up and dress them however you want.

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I think Suleyman the Great worn big turban than any sultan of Ottoman Empire.Look at his pictures.
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