25 Colors In Turkish & The Outstanding Shades Of Turkey

Colorful Turkish ceramic plates

If you already admire traditional Turkish art, it is your sign to learn colors in Turkish now!

Turkish art is well-known for its colorful and vivid style. If you ever visit a Turkish art museum, let me tell you what you’ll see inside: A set of painted tiles and ceramic pottery, mostly in eye-catching blue; handmade silk carpets, mostly in red; colorful Turkish marbling and some Islamic calligraphy.

If you have been learning Turkish for a while now, you probably realize that the Turkish language is as rich as Turkish culture. And if you know colors in Turkish vocabulary, you can talk about an art piece and appreciate it from another perspective.

So, in this blog post, you’ll learn the color vocabulary in Turkish and a few distinctive colors with their meanings in Turkish culture.

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Symbolic Colors Of Turkey

As I mentioned above, Turkish art has some distinctive colors, such as blues and reds, which are very common in traditional Turkish artwork. Still, there are also some other symbolic Turkish colors you must know.

Let’s learn why these colors are significant in Turkish culture and what meanings they hide!

Red Turkish flag

Red – Kırmızı

Red is a powerful color for Turks since it is the color of the Turkish flag, and hence red is a symbol of Turkish nationalism.

Red also symbolizes virginity. Traditionally, women wear a red belt known as the chastity belt on their wedding day. However, it is no longer a popular tradition in modern society.

Women often wear a red veil on their heads on the wedding day or henna night because it is believed that red brings luck to weddings.

Red is also the color of the famous Turkish tea, çay.

In general terms, red signifies intense feelings such as passion and anger.

Blue evil eyes

Blue – Mavi

It’s believed that blue has a healing effect and is a repellent against evil; that’s why the evil eye, “Nazar boncuğu,” is blue.

Blue is a must-have color in traditional Turkish art, such as “çini,” the art of painting glazed tile and ceramics.

Blue is also associated with the sky; hence it symbolizes Göktengri (God) in Turkic shamanistic religion. This is why many Turkic countries include blue in their flags.

Blue is also a symbol of famous seaside resorts in Turkey. If you visit Antalya or Muğla, you’ll see the brightest shades of blue in hidden coves!

Green rural village

Green – Yeşil

Green is usually associated with Islam and was also the color of the Ottoman flag.

Green reminds me of the Black Sea Region in Turkey because it is the greenest region, with huge forests, steep mountains, limpid waterfalls, and wooden cottages, in the country. The nature there is totally worth seeing!

In a broader aspect, the green color represents nature and life.


What’s The Relation Between Turquoise And Turkey?

Turquoise is a unique color mixture of blue and green, which is actually named after a mineral. Turquoise is derived from the French word “turquois,” which means Turkish.

The reason behind it is that the mineral was first brought to Europe through Turkey from mines in the historical Khorasan province of Iran. However, the first recorded use of turquoise as a color name in English was in the 16th century.

After providing you with some cultural knowledge, let’s get to the language-learning part!


Learn Colors In Turkish

Colors are a must-know topic in A1 Turkish and are super easy. I’m sure you can memorize them in a very short time as enthusiastic Turkish learners, right?

Light blueAçık mavi
Navy blueLacivert
GoldAltın rengi
SilverGümüş rengi
What’s your favorite color?En sevdiğin renk ne?
My favorite color is…En sevdiğim renk…


How To Emphasize Colors In Turkish?

The good news is that it doesn’t require any vowel harmony rules. Yay! To emphasize the color in Turkish, you should reduplicate the color itself.

Take the first syllable of the color name and attach one of those consonants, “p, m, s, r,” at the end of that syllable. Then add the newly formed syllable to the beginning of the actual color name. Here is an example for you:

Example: Siyah = si (the first syllable) + m = Simsiyah

  • Simsiyah – Pitch black
  • Bembeyaz – Snow white
  • Kıpkırmızı – Bright red
  • Masmavi – Bright blue
  • Yemyeşil – Bright green
  • Mosmor – Deep purple
  • Pespembe – Light pink
  • Sapsarı – Bright yellow


Color Shades In Turkish

Sometimes, we can’t be sure about the color, but it kind of looks like a shade of it. In those times, we say -ish colors like bluish. Now, you’ll learn how to add that -ish in Turkish colors.

You need to use the suffix -(i, ı)mtrak, which is used to produce adjectives that describe the color.

  • sarımtrak – yellowish, sallow
  • mavimtrak – blueish, blued

The suffix -(i)msi is also used for the same function.

  • morumsu – purplish
  • mavimsi – bluish
  • sarımsı – yellowish
  • pembemsi – pinkish
  • grimsi – grayish

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