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Carpets and Tulips in Istanbul

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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.

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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

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and then look at the picture at the top of the post again.

Do you see a connection?

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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.

Linked to Floral Friday.
aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 8 July 2015

14 replies »

  1. Fantastic! Just one of the many things I love about coming here, Debbie, is that you always know interesting things. 🙂 I have a very small silk carpet in the tree of life style which we keep in a frame on the wall. It was all we could afford at the time, but so beautiful. Happy weekend! 🙂


  2. Love those colours Debbie and that looks like lot of work for sure. I don’t think I’m patient enough for that type of work. I do admire them. 😀

    Great shots hon. ♥


    • I don’t think my back would stand up to planting the tulip and as for weaving, I would love to do it for a while, but I know I would never finish!

      Sorry you had to close your comments, but I wanted to say that the flower shot in your latest post is exquisite! Take care 🙂

      On Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 6:07 PM, Travel with Intent wrote:


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      • Planting or weaving sounds like lots of work. 😆 I wouldn’t either.

        Thanks hon. Appreciated. ♥


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