Turkish Carpet Shops in Istanbul

The carpet business in Turkey deserves to be termed Byzantine these days, what with carpets made in other countries—China, Bangladesh, India—of synthetic fibers and industrial dyes being sold as “authentic Turkish carpets.”

Navigating a carpet purchase can be as complicated as getting married, and the outcome as uncertain.

Because there are so many uncertainties in the Turkish carpet business, and because I can’t be sure how a purchase will proceed—or end—I do not recommendparticular shops or dealers.

Instead, I suggest general principles for the shopper to follow when considering the purchase of a Turkish carpet, and what’s it like to visit a Turkish carpet shopMore…

Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı), Istanbul, Turkey

—by Tom Brosnahan

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