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Turkish rugs

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July 10 - Turkish rugs

Are pretty, expensive, and negotiable.

We nearly bought this one for Lee (with him reimbursing us). The experience was very pleasant, the salesman showed us about 50 rugs seperately (he had hundreds or maybe thousands in his shop), gave us apple tea, and talked to us. Silk on cotton, around 1.5x2 ft, the salesman brought his price down from 600 to 200 CAD over the course of half an hour (first customer special, still on at 1pm - first customer brings good luck so they're willing to negociate more, and most of the business is done in the evening), without us even asking for a price (our line was that we'd have to contact someone before we can make a decision). He said it takes over a month to make, and based on the speed of the lady working downstairs I believe it (she was amazingly fast, but a rug even that small would have around 200,000 knots).

This carpet had a tree of life design where the leaves symbolize people, very temporary, starting life in spring and dying in autumn; the tree symbolizes the world, which keeps existing before and after each person does, and the top part symbolizing paradise, also eternal, and to which people aspire and hopefully reach (which is symbolized by the pattern generally pulling upward).

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He held a lighter to it for close to a minute, demonstrating that it is real silk, as silk doesn't burn.
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Here are a few other nice silk rugs

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This synthetic one was selling for TL10 = $8 CAD full price, about 3x5ft, and the beige parts are not tufted, the green parts have the highest pile, and the other colors are somewhere in between. Very unique, I had never seen a similar one, thought of getting it for Lee but decided against.
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Here is one with a landscape stitched on top of a rag rug. Also interesting.
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Posted by chrisvasil 12:52 Archived in Turkey Tagged shopping

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