Turkey is renowned for its hand-made carpets, and is hard to spend any time there without having someone try to sell you a carpet. Whether you want one or not, there is no denying the skill and craftsmanship that go into these pieces of art.
Many of the patterns are traditional and reflect the cultures of the region, past and present. These shapes have also been adapted in some cases to produce more modern patterns – all are stunning, so if you’re looking to buy, take your time and negotiate well. You are bound to find something you love.
During the Tulip Festival in April, the intricate patterns of these Turkish carpets combine forces with the natural beauty of the tulips, to create what is said to be the largest tulip carpet in the world. Take a look at the picture below
and then look at the picture at the top of the post again.
Do you see a connection?
The geometric patterns of the carpet have been reproduced in tulips rather than wool. There were viewing platforms around the carpet, but without a full aerial view it is hard for me to show you just how faithful a copy this was.