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Turkish carpets: handmade crafts

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  1. Kristi H says:

    So interesting!! Not only how they are made but also the shopping experience!

  2. Interesting! Can’t wait to see the one you got!

  3. Sarah says:

    Can’t wait to come over for a magic carpet ride! Lovely rug.

  4. Nicole says:

    Wow. I’m planning to go to Turkey this year and was wondering what was the big deal about carpets in Turkey. Informational thanks!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Enjoy the show! Often rug sellers sell other textiles, too, like pillow cases and table runners.

  5. Laura Lynch says:

    Very true what you said about carpet salesman luring you in from every corner of Turkey. We managed to avoid them, only because we didn’t want to trek or pay to send a carpet back home, but they are very beautiful rugs.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      We actually said, “We are not going to buy a rug.” before we left! LOL! The cost of shipping it often built in so that wasn’t a concern and how anyone could lug that back home is beyond me! The thing weighs 60 pounds. I could hardly drag the package inside the house after the UPS guy left it on the front porch!!

  6. lesleycarter says:

    I knew it was a long process but I had no idea it was SO extensive.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      It was really something! We drank a gallon of the yummy apple tea while we were there, too. 🙂

  7. travelwithmrst says:

    In 2001, we visited Samos island, in Greece, and took a one-day excursion to Ephesus in Turkey. Part of the boat/bus tour combo was a demonstration of carpets! I almost bought one, but was on a fixed budget (self-imposed) and I now regret that decision! My kids (both in middle school at the time) and I had all loved the same one! It was quite pricey though!

  8. Dana says:

    I love how the rugs are handmade with such quality and care. This is my kind of souvenir. The rug you picked is just what I would have chosen.

  9. Vanessa says:

    I love your selection – can you share some more pics of it when you get it into your house?

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Thank you. It was so hard to choose as they were all gorgeous. Will do! We just got it into the dining room last night!

  10. The carpet you chose was beautiful! I had no idea that it took that many people and that long to produce one rug! It really is a piece of art.

  11. I love the rug you chose. It’s also more blue than red, which predominates in my experience. A well made Turkish rug will last for lifetimes. Mine has through all kinds of abuse.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Thanks! I actually hesitated on the blue because we don’t have much blue in the house. I always defer to my husband as he has the eye for decorating and sure enough – it looks like a million $ in the house! So glad to hear your personal experience with wear and tear. Even though they are supposed to last forever I can’t help but think about babying it. 🙂 I love it so much!

  12. mags says:

    So cool. I love the craftsmanship that goes into each one. The pattern you picked is wonderful. How hard was that to get home?

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Thank you! We just love it. The pattern is called Flowers of Seven Hills. 🙂 Thankfully, shipping was included as we would have never gotten that 60 pound thing home!!!

  13. Beautiful hand made carpets! They’re one of those things you never really take the time to think about how much goes into them. AND how much time they take! So thanks for sharing 😀

    • NatalieTanner says:

      The company we bought from was a co-op and it was fascinating to hear how it was helping local families.

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