From the Museum of Turkish Jews: ´Tik´The ´Tik´ selected from the Quincentenial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews collection...
In antiquity, cloth mantles or bags called 'Tik' (plural Tikim) were used to protect the Torah scrolls, the most sacred object in Judaism.
Tikim (Torah cases) such as these are seen in Spain, the Spanish diaspora, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Romaniote communities of Greece, and in the Turkish cities such as Urfa and Antakya.
When enclosed in a 'Tik', the Torah is set in a vertical position and rolled around its dowels. Its usage is exactly the opposite of that of a Torah protected by a mantle.
This rigid 'Tik' or Torah storing case is representative of the kind used in the Sephardic tradition. The hard case made of wood or metal makes it easier to carry and offers greater protection than a mantle.
This 'tik' found in the museum collection has come from Iskenderun (historically known as Alexandretta and Scanderoon) and on it 'Kadesh Le Kal Kadosh Eskendorin' is written with Hebrew letters. The salmon velvet coated tik that has a silver medallion on, also has been bordered with decorative tacks. This 'Tik' can be seen in the Ethnography section of the Quincentenial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews.