CARPETS AND KILIMS IN ISTANBUL
One of the populer products to purchase in Istanbul is rugs, kilims and Carpets. Obvioulsy if you decide to buy carpet, you would like to purchase genuine hand woven and naturally dyed carpets and kilims whilst in Turkey.
Nowadays there are lots and lots shops selling you products with all kinds of promises. Over the years, the amount of tourist purchasing from these places and finding out later that they have been coned are incredibly high.
You will be dragged in one way or another, into these carpet merchandisers in the touristic area of Istanbul by an amazingly skilled sales person. Very likely you will end up with buying one fake carpet, for a ridiculous amount. Not to mention that your money could have gone to a good course if you would have choosen the right place to purchase your carpet or kilim.
Our advice to you is, use an approved dealer, what I mean by approved dealer is that is recommanded by many buyers.
There are some dealers whom are supported by the Tour Guides and the story is usualy same old story , e.g A store is supported by the state and are under regular control by the ministery of tourism. This way, each Carpet you invest in to, automatically comes with international certificate of autentic carpet..approved and supported by authorities, fairtrade business as it works with local village women. Bla Bla Bla..
The above mentioned stort is the most popular one amongst the qualified tourist zappers.
Majority of the Big dealers are trustworthy in terms of providing free of charge world wide secure shipping. But cant say much about the source of the Carpets including their organic quality.
Good Carpet dealers can be found at Caravanserai of Koprulu Mehmet Pasha
Founded in 1635 and used as a staff House for the visitors of Ottoman Empire Since the end of 17th century. Then in the 18th century it was used as a Caravanseari and the biggest trade center in the Ottoman Empire as well as the very first trade centers of the Empire.
They are offering carpets which produced with selected material and dyes at their two thousand rooms in their Carpet Village in Van, located in Eastern Anatolia, and the villages around Van.
Some big Companies are forming the tradition of the ladies into proffession, as well as helping them become socialy independent.
They have the facilities of displaying to their guests the tecnique of making a carpet with a weaver and do a brief presentation of all regional differences in material, dyes and motifs including a short information about the catagories of tribal and imperial from past up to now.
Carpet dealers offer a wide range of wearings that include the finest carpets and kilims. They range from room-sized carpets in exquisite traditional patterns and harmonious colors to rare, collectible antique rugs and kilims of all sizes are avaliable and have pattern and color pallet that have made them choice of many interior designers.
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