Type: Lute > Chordophone.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Country: Crete, Greece.
Region: South Eastern Europe & Mediterranean.
Description: The bulgari or [in Greek: μπουλγαρ] is a string instrument that originates from Turkey, especially from Anatolia among the Oghuz Turks living in the Taurus Mountains, similar to the bağlama and the çağür. The Bulgari belongs to the family of tambûr (long necked lutes), an instrument class that started in early Mesopotamia, which started to spread in the Ottoman Empire approximately around 14th-century.
The French musicologist William André Villoteau mentioned in his journal an instrument with two strings existing in Cairo called the tanbour boulghari or bulgarie. The bulgari proceeded to implant itself into Greek culture through Crete when refugees came from Anatolia in 1920, although a type of bulgari seems to have existed in the 19th-century among Christian and Muslim populations.