A personal diary
Reading a Turkish carpet is fascinating as you think of the young girl on her loom who is in fact using age-old symbols
and designs but is writing her personal diary. Knotting in her fear of her future mother-in-law or her hopes for the future -
children, long life, prosperity. Buying a hand-knotted carpet with a unique design is not just a way of decorating
your dining-room - it also a way of preserving history and helping to continue these ancestral traditions.
How to buy a Turkish rug?
The big carpet factories that you may visit on organised tours have interesting demonstrations which are well worth seeing.
Some of the big stores will tell you that they are a cooperative subsidised by the State, or a weaving school - unfortunately
this is an untruth.
If you really want to do your bit to support the local economy and make sure that small shops do not
disappear from the high streets of Cappadocia, then have a look around and see what they offer. It is obvious that family-run
shops have much lower overheads than the big stores so you will be pleasantly surprised at the price difference. However,
do not expect cheap bargains, a hand-knotted or woven carpet takes months, even years to make by hand. If you are looking
for a cheap rug, you are better off buying one from the supermarket in your home country.
At the end of the day, you don't have to buy, you can just have an enjoyable time looking and learning about rugs while
sipping a tea or two.