The town of Avanos had another craft it was famous for and it’s well worth a visit. We were told it was possible to tour around one of the carpet weaving stores, the so-called carpet factory. Every time you travel to the Orient you will be offered to buy a carpet, „hand-weaved in a large spectrum of colors“, and it is always „just perfect for you“. But it is not that often that you can enter one of those craft stores and see how they actually do make carpets.
Here, they said, you can choose among those made of wool, cotton, or silk. And you can really witness how women were weaving, sitting by those old wooden looms with strings of wool of all colors. In another room, there were silk bugs, machines pulling out those fibers from insect larvae. Then, you enter other premises where people were coloring cotton threads for later weaving into a carpet. All hand made. After you’ve seen all this, when you go into the room with various carpets and rugs, finished and wrapped, you just cannot seem to put aside either one of them.
But my eye did get caught by one rug, orange and blue, with elegant ornaments, not very big, just perfect for my study back home. The first price was one to laugh at since buyers are expected to haggle and thus it was too high. The second a bit lower, the third… oh well, you get the picture. I ended up buying that beautiful rug for half of the starting price. I was thrilled, but the guy probably sold it for the price he had in mind all along.
„How am I going to drag this thing back home?!“, I thought, having in mind that I was supposed to go to the Middle East first. But before I knew it, they wrapped it up, packed it so densely that it looked like – a handbag!
And you know what, I am looking at it right now – it lies on the floor of my study where I am at the moment, writing this post. Those ornaments are not that symmetrical as they were supposed to be, some shapes are turned upside down… But I love the charm of it, being hand-weaved, not perfect. And in such bright colors!
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