The Turkish ambassador who introduced coffee to Paris

Suleiman Aga, Sultan's ambassador to France in 1669

In the latter half the 17th century, desperate to rectify their deteriorating relationships with the Ottoman Empire, the French welcomed the Sultan's new ambassador to Paris with great enthusiasm.

Suleiman Aga arrived in Paris with a company of 20 people, which included his servants, wifes and chief coffeemaker, Kirkor in August 1669. 

We are not sure how much Suleiman Aga contributed to the political situation between the two countries, but he definitely left his mark in the high society of Paris. During his stay, Süleiman Aga's house which was decorated with the most lavish oriental furniture and textiles, his humorous conversations especially with his female guests and delicious coffee served to the guests became so popular that the people were looking forward to receiving an invitation from him eagerly.

When Süleiman left Paris in the following year, he left Kirkor behind. Soon Kirkor changed his name to Pascal, started a lucrative coffee business in Paris and became very rich.

Turquerie, A fashion for Turkish art and culture in the a7the and 18th century France

Suleiman's influence started a new fashion for imitating aspects of Turkish art and culture, called "Turquerie" that lasted until the 18th century.

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