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Turkish Glass Mosaic Lamp — My Favourite Travel Souvenir Of All Time

Posted by on 11 August 2012

When I visited Istanbul in October 2010 on a business trip, Turkish glass mosaic lamps seemed to be in every street corner (at least, the streets frequented by tourists). True, there were carpets in every street corner as well. But buying carpets was out of the question because (i) you can get ripped off if you don’t know what you’re doing and I absolutely know NOTHING about carpets, (ii) they’re too heavy and unwieldy to carry, and (iii) I’m just not into carpets that much. So the more I thought about it, the more I became obsessed with the thought of buying some Turkish glass mosaic lamps to bring home with me.

As fate would have it, I had with me a fairly large hard-case Samsonite bag full of samples and brochures upon my arrival which was practically empty for my return trip. And that’s how I managed to bring back the ultimate souvenir ever — a seven-tier hanging Turkish glass mosaic lamp.

Deciding on buying a Turkish glass mosaic lamp was the easy part; I then had to pick out the colour (which came in every imaginable colour scheme and combination), as well as the number of ‘balls’ hanging from the lamp (they came in sets of 5′s, 7′s, 9′s and so on). After much lip-biting and palpitation, I finally picked out this multi-coloured versatile piece so that it could match most any colour scheme for my house. And seven lamps looked just about right. Five lamps don’t ‘swirl’ downwards as nicely as seven do; and nine would have required a much higher ceiling height to hang the lamp from.

I’d consider the purchase to be quite an ambitious feat for me — a huge gamble even! — because it meant wrapping each glass ball with newspaper, then covering it up with a piece of clothing, then arranging them carefully inside my bag, padding in all the nooks and crannies, so that everything would fit just right with no moving pieces whatsoever. I think I must have held my breath during the entire journey back home, with my breathing only restored to normal after having gone home and seen that the lamp survived the flight, intact and unscathed (thanks, Malaysia Airlines for handling my bag well!).

The purchase also seemed like an extravagant whim at the time because I had no place to hang the lamp in my house, given how the average Asian house’s ceiling height is quite low.

Almost two years later, we redid the staircase in my house out of necessity…and I finally managed to get a spot with just enough ceiling clearance from which I could hang THE lamp of my dreams. Unlit, the lamp looks quite unassuming. But once awash with light, they dazzle and mesmerize with their patterns and multi-coloured hues.

My little gamble paid off. I’ll always have a piece of Istanbul with me in hot and humid Kuala Lumpur.

Best. Travel. Souvenir. Ever!

P.S.

1. In addition to this seven-tiered lamp, I also bought a medium desktop lamp (in brown) and a small pendant lamp (also multi-coloured, but darker and more subdued) which now hangs by my front door), pics of which I shall post later on.

2. If you don’t have enough space for such a lamp in your luggage, the next best thing is to buy some glass mosaic tealight candle holders (I’ve seen these at the Egyptian Spice Market but can also be found in the Grand Bazaar):

glass mosaic tealight candle holders

They’re so pretty yet very affordable, with prices starting from 8 Turkish lira (approximately $4.50).

3. The hanging lamp uses the standard E14 light bulbs. I strongly urge you the energy saving version — they are a bit more costly but they last longer than conventional bulbs and save you a small fortune in your electricity bill.

30 Responses to Turkish Glass Mosaic Lamp — My Favourite Travel Souvenir Of All Time

  1. Batricia

    They’re so lovely. Jaw-dropping lamps. And your photos are awesome.

  2. maria

    Hi Mimi, Thanks so much for your blog. I originally came here to find out more about the Singapore Model Method, I’m a maths teacher, but I got distracted by your gorgeous Turkish lamps, Stonehenge – I agree, Schipol airport – I only went there first the first time last month and I found it to be an interesting and pleasant airport with many things to do while your waiting for your plane other than shop. And lastly I love your photos – thanks for sharing!

  3. Mimi

    Hi Maria. I hope the info I shared re: Singapore Model Method was of some use to you. Do ‘visit’ again in the future ;)

  4. A Mom's Diary

    The lamp is totally breathtaking. Now if I ever have the good fortune to find myself in Istanbul, I will know to bring and empty suitcase to carry one of these home.

  5. witsandnuts

    It’s worth the wait! Your post made me hold on to my old purchases, not to give them away and wait for the right time to get utilized. :)

  6. Mimi

    Make sure you blog about it! *grin*

  7. JB

    Mimi,

    Been interested in stained lamps for a while now. Wonder how much that cost you if you don’t mind;)

  8. Mimi

    JB: I really don’t remember how much it cost :( Sorry.

  9. Shireen

    Hi I read your post about the Turkish lights you bought in Turkey. I wanted to ask you what wattage of bulb are you using? I wasn’t sure if a 40 watt bulb would melt the glue holding on the glass pattern and beading. Please advise. Thanks.

  10. Cem

    We have Factory At İstanbul Abour Mozaic Lamps.www.mozaist.com you can check

  11. Ali Demir

    Hi..

    I am from Istanbul Turkey.My wife from Malaysia.We business somethings from Turkey to Malaysia.The one of the 4,5 dollars ı sell 3 dollars.You can contact with mail or phone.

    mobile phone 00905333251541

  12. EMILIO

    WHERE TO BUY THESE LAMPS?
    ONLINE

  13. marka

    mosaic lamp factory turkey/istanbul

    TEL:+90 2212 519 19 09

  14. marka

    mosaic lamp factory

    +90 212 519 19 09

  15. Maya

    I m in Indonesia , where can i buy here?

  16. Zeerak

    I m in Malaysia I need floor or table Turkish mosaic lamps where I can buy here

  17. sezgin

    You can buy from here..

    http://www.anatolialamps.com

  18. ALİ DEMİR

    You can

  19. ALİ DEMİR

    Who want to buy mosaic lamps you can contact with me.

    e-mail: alidemir00@hotmail.com

    mobile phone:+905333251541

  20. Battal demir

    we have stock in kl my number 0192983183 if you want buy turkish mosaic lamps contact with me !!!

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  21. Filiz

    Beautiful lamp! I’m heading to Istanbul in January for a wedding. If I get time to stop, I am going to buy one similar to yours, its gorgeous. I was there in 2010, and thought about it but didn’t purchase one and have regretted it, now is my chance!! I’ll go with 7 or 9, as I have a high ceiling 1.5 story high staircase, and plan to hang from there. I assume I’ll need to rewire for the US, will figure that out later. Can’t find anything that nice in the US.

  22. aditee

    Hi there! I LOVE this lamp and was just in Istanbul over the easter holiday. I myself purchased a 5 bulb lamp, but I am having problems hanging it! Did you have an electrician install it, or can you do it yourself? Mine just has two brass colored wire ends, can’t see which is neutral or positive. I live in the UK so I want to use it here. Thank you!!

    Adi

  23. Mimi

    Hey Adi. I had an electrician do it because I was renovating my house at that time and I had it installed in a very high ceiling above the staircase. Good luck!

  24. Hakan

    For best design and for the best prices for mosaic lamps from Turkey. Please contact to +90 536 641 24 11 (whatsapp)

  25. humababar

    Want to buy turkish lamp with 7 globes online can u pls tell me price and how to select and oder.

  26. Ella

    Hi
    We have a big furniture store in Toronto.
    We are interest in Turkish Glass mosaic Lamps.
    Please let us know are you a whole seller and do you have price list for treads?
    Your Product has a licence to meet the Canadian Criteria ?
    We would like to open an account with your Company please let us know what we have to do ?

    Thank you for your time !
    Regards,
    Dream Art

  27. Ella

    Hi
    We have a big furniture store in Toronto.
    We are interest in Turkish Glass mosaic Lamps.
    Please let us know are you a whole seller and do you have price list for treads?
    Your Product has a licence to meet the Canadian Criteria ?
    We would like to open an account with your Company please let us know what we have to do ?

    Thank you for your time !

  28. Turgut

    Hi Ella , ,

    We have shops in London and in Istanbul. Our products has UK standarts. please drop us an email for whole sale enquiry. the email address is info@turkishde-light.com

    regards

  29. Charlotte wallbank

    We ship worldwide, we are retailers and also wholesalers. Any questions get in touch. Also based in the UK.

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