Cappadocia: CARRYING RUG HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD (15)

The town of Avanos had another craft it was famous for and it’s well worth a visit. We were told it was possible to tour round one of the carpet weaving stores, the so called carpet factory. Every time you travel to the Orient you will be offered to buy a carpet, „hand-weaved in large spectrum of colors“, and it is always „just perfect for you“. But it is not that often that you can enter one of those craft stores and see how they actually do make carpets.

Here, they said, you can chose among those made of wool, cotton or silk. And you can really witness how women were weaving, sitting by those old wooden looms with strings of wool of all colors. In another room there were silk bugs, machines pulling out those fibers from insect larvae. Then, you enter other premises where people were coloring cotton threads for later weaving into a carpet. All hand made. After you’ve seen all this, when you go into the room with various carpets and rugs, finished and wrapped, you just cannot seem to put aside either one of them.

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Colorful Cappadocia carpet factory

But my eye did get caught by one rug, orange and blue, with elegant ornaments, not very big, just perfect for my study back home. The first price was one to laugh at, since buyers are expected to haggle and thus it was too high. The second a bit lower, the third… oh well, you get the picture. I ended up buying that beautiful rug for half of the starting price. I was thrilled, but the guy probably sold it for the price he had in mind all along.

„How am I going to drag this thing back home?!“, I thought, having in mind that I was supposed to go to the Middle East first. But before I knew it, they wrapped it up, packed it so densely that it looked like – a hand bag!

And you know what, I am looking at it right now – it lies on the floor of my study where I am at the moment, writing this post. Those ornaments are not that symmetrical as they were supposed to be, some shapes are turned upside down… But I love the charm of it, being hand weaved, not perfect. And in such bright colors!

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The full Cappadocia SERIES

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14 thoughts on “Cappadocia: CARRYING RUG HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD (15)

  1. Beautiful! I wish I had bought a carpet when I visited Turkey. It’s so interesting the way they make them. Hopefully I can get to Cappadocia one day and buy one!

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  2. I would love to see rugs hand woven. I worked in the carpet industry for a while and I have seen about every mechanical way to do it, but I am amazed by the amazing work that can be created by hand.

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  3. It was Persian carpets that led me to Iran. The carpet auctioneer led tours, and he was so good, knew so much history and culture and the details of his subject, we signed up for a tour last year, and another in a few weeks.

    I love these intricate and beautiful rugs. I have a silk carpet under my feet as I speak, and “Tree of Life” Mihrab prayer mats on either side of our bed.

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