Sunday, January 25, 2009
In the Turkish culture, mirrors were traditionally turned towards the wall when not in use. I've heard several reasons for this custom - I was told by friends during my time in Turkey that this was to avoid even the appearance of praying to graven images, though the Turkish culture website I just googled says the custom arose to discourage vanity. Since the mirrors were back to the wall over time they began to decorate the reverse side, and then that developed into a tradition all its own, with many families displaying collections of three, four, even five different mirrors in a grouping on the wall. Once the storeowner reassured me that they were shellaqued and would never need polishing, I even bought the one you see above as this week's Monochrome Monday offering to display in my own home.
And nope, even eight years later it's still never needed a polishing.