Fruit Room /Privy Room of Ahmed III

The Privy Room of Sultan Ahmed III / The Fruit Room This small room of Sultan Ahmed III (r.1703-30) is located between the Hall of the Sovereign and the Privy Room of Sultan Ahmed I, both of which have entrances into the room. This room was constructed during the Tulip Period of 171830, named for the period’s great interest in and demand for flowers and in particular tulips. The reign of Sultan Ahmed III is recognized as the most glorious period of a new style in the Ottoman decorative arts, a style influenced primarily by the Tulip Period. This new style, which can be considered naturalistic, was reflected in all of the architectural works of the period, whether in painting and calligraphy or in work done in plaster and marble relief. The Privy Room of Sultan Ahmed III is also known as the Fruit Room (Yemiş Odası) owing to the paintings of fruit platters and vases of flowers that completely cover its walls and immerse visitors in a veritable springtime atmosphere. The room’s flower medallions and cypress motifs, together with the rose patterns found on the ceiling, give the whole the air of a flower garden in miniature. The calligraphy that is found scattered among all this ornament has the character of a frieze and seems to impart a wholly other atmosphere to the room.