Magic Carpet Ride
Collected by Andi Fisher, AFAR Local Expert
The artistry of rug/carpet making is still alive and well throughout the world. Buying one of these locally handcrafted pieces not only supports micro-economies, but they are beautiful accents to any home!
Müze Cad. No:32 Göreme, 50180 Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
One of my favorite shops in Kapadokya is Sultan's Carpets located in Goreme. If you happen to be in the area, say hi to my friend, the modern day Suffi, Shemsettin Kantar, or Semse as he likes to be called. International interior designer obsessed...
16 A, Old Mussoorie Road, P.O. Rajpur, Kairwaan Gaon, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248009, India
At a Swedish NGO in the small Dehra Dun village of Rajpur, you will find a small factory, more like a cozy, friendly room, in which women chatter away and weave, seated comfortably on the floor, as is their preference, making the most beautiful...
Beyazıt Mh., 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Soon after conquering Constantinople and defeating the Byzantines in 1453, Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II commissioned the beginnings of the Grand Bazaar to reinvigorate trade with the city. More than 550 years later, the bazaar is one of the oldest...
Rue De La Kasbah, Kairouan, Tunisia
The entrance to Kairouan (spiritual heart of Tunisia) is marked by four giant carpets (made of ceramic tile). If you have interest in handmade carpets (knotted or woven) this is the place in Tunisia. The souks here have everything you can imagine...
Gaferli Cad. No:16, 50180 Göreme Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
On a walk through the town of Goreme one morning, I went into a rug gallery, Gallery Cappadocia. I hadn't realized I was entering through the back door, but startled these rug makers with my intrusion. This large room was lined with maybe eight...
Al Souq, Doha, Qatar
Souq Waqif is one of the top tourist destinations in Doha and one of the most traditional markets in the region. A hundred years ago, this was the place where the Bedouins traded livestock, spices and general goods, but now, the old souq has been...
Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Walk into Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) and look up to the heavens to see why so many conquerors and their respective religions claimed this basilica turned mosque turned museum as their own. Visitors will swoon over the Byzantine gilded mosaics,...
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