Magic flying carpets || Turkey Travel Photographer

Well they don’t have REAL magic flying carpets…but they DO have flying carpets…read on…

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Tucked away just off the Hippodrome in Istanbul is this grand building which houses not only NAKKAS carpets but an underground cistern from centuries past.

The art of Turkish carpets and the craftsmanship is seen throughout the many gallery show rooms of NAKKAS

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As you are served turkish coffee or tea, a carpet presentation, featuring “flying” carpets commences…

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And right before you are presented carpets from all sorts of different eras and carpets that are new and very old. It’s one of my favorite things to watch - the flying carpet shows. :)

Then they bring out the reeeeeeeeally expensive ones - like this small 11x14 inch silk carpet whose stitching is amazing and so very small as you can see…

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This small piece can be yours for only $35,000, they say with a smile.

Its at this point I am always tempted to say, Let me just see if I brought enough cash. But I refrain and giggle to myself at my smart pants-ness :)

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 But in all seriousness, to have one of these ecsquisite carpets would truly be amazing.

You can get not so luxurious carpets sold on most corners in the old city…some cheap, some not so cheap. 

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And some are just thrown on the side of the street for I dont know why…maybe to clean? Maybe to toss?


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But I simply brought home little faux carpet bookmarks and pouches….taking a memory of the beauty of Turkey’s magical flying carpets. ;)

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Join us this fall as we journey through the old villages of Turkey…a photographer’s dream!

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