The tulip, an early summer blossom, blooms in all colors from white and cream, to warm reds and oranges, to even deep purples. Tulips are actually Anatolian natives imported to Holland. Their name is derived from the Turkish tulbend, meaning turban, because they resemble the large turbans worn by Ottoman nobility. Süleiman the Magnificent was known for the size of his turban, and his portrait gives the tulip reference proper context.
During the Ottoman Era, tulips were used throughout art, textiles and folklore as symbols of privilege and leisure. The years 1718-1730 are known as the Tulip Era, owing to the prevalence of peace and prosperity. To this day, it is a cherished flower of the region and viewed as the manifestation of beauty.
Author Marianne Williamson speaks of the tulip, noting, “A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower.” Such a beautiful sense of uniqueness and unapologetic individuality is something we at Gypsy have always cherished.