Turkish carpets
Copper ware
Textile and leather Market day in Bodrum
Osman miniatures
Porcelain from Kütahya Sandals
Water pipe
Meerschaum pipes Boncuk

Shopping tips for Bodrum

Shopping through the narrow streets of Bodrum between the white walls is one of the pleasures you must try here. The Turkish crafts make it impossible to resist buying something. The most popular objects for the holiday maker are of course carpets; but the varied leather, copper and bronze wares, silver and gold, handicrafts and embroidery, and the famous Turkish meerschaum and onyx are on many peoples' lists.


  Osman miniatures
To start with, whatever is offered to you as a miniature, even if it looks genuine and old - is not original. In fact there were only a few painters employed by the Sultans and all originals are well kept in the museums.
But as a distinctive decoration, it will still look nice.It is highly praise worthy that the old art of the miniature painting has again been taken up in the universities of fine arts and is taught in this country. Old book pages are nowadays used for painting on, in order to maintain the antique character. A part of the page, where the picture has to be is covered first with opaque white. If you want to test the authenticity, hold the miniature up against the light and you will see the dark patck painted over the old text. The Turkish tradition to illustrate manuscripts existed during the cultural period before the arrival of Islamic belief.
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Carpet shop

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Shopping street

  Turkish carpets
First in general, what is it we call a carpet? In Turkey we differentiate between the knotted carpet, which is called HALI, and the woven carpet, the KILIM. Carpets are are the most well-known souvenirs you can bring home from Turkey. And even if you have had just the bad luck of being cheated, they are still a lot cheaper than in your own country.
A serious seller tells you and informs you about some basic values in carpet making. The closer together and tighter the knotting, the finer, stronger and more precious the carpets beomes. The number of knots varies from 150,000 per sq. mt. to 1,000,000 per sq. mt. in the finest silk carpets.Thus, a 1,5 to 2 mt. carpets can take from 3 months to one year to complete. In the villages around Bodrum, Milas and Mumcular, rugs are still woven by hand in the traditional way.
A well made carpet can last for well over a hundred of years but it should be cherished correctly as a piece of art
Here are the addresses of two serious dealers:
Mehmet Cengel; in the center of the town, on the entrance to the harbour; (0252) 316 1747

In Turkey there are still hand-made copper goods, of the type, which long ago - was made by the workman at the corner. You can still watch this being done in the environment of the closed Bazars in Istanbul. In addition, in near Bodrum there is such a copper village (or Bakirköy - as one says here). The village is called Kavaklidere, and is approximatel about 100 km to the East of Bodrum near the city of Yatagan.

Textiles and leather
Products of the natural raw materials leather and cotton are traditionally sold in the shops of Turkey. Cotton is cultivated everywhere in Turkey, so that Turkey is in fact third biggest producer of cotton in the world. Travelling inland and passing Ephesus or Kaunos you will see many cotton fields. Pamuk is the Turkish word for cotton. The harvest is in September - October. Everything related can also be seen in the
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Meerschaum pipes

Meerschaum pipes

Carving pipes out of the natural material meerschaum has a long tradition in Turkey. Already in Ottoman times these pipes were wellknown all over the world. Originally this special skill is based in the town of Eskisehir.

Gümüslük you can also watch the art of pipe making here using the material "meerschaum" which being porous absorbes nikotine very well.
Good to be seen in the
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hand made sandal

  Hand made sandals
Skilled artisans can make you a pair of snugly fitting leather sandals in the traditional Aegean style. You will find craftsmen in the centre of Bodrum - like Ali Usta and others. You can either order or try one of the pairs they have in stock.

Sandal making has a very old tradition in Bodrum. More then thirty years ago out of a native interest in Roman sandals some *shoe-makers* started the craft. Today these sandals, which can be considered as pieces of art, carrying old time history to modern people's feet.

Water pipe


Waterpipe - nargile

Its a ceremony to smoke from the Nagile, the Turkish waterpipe. Tobacco,or better only the best leafes of tobacco are laid on the pipe and then topped with a piece of hot charcoal. The water in the pipe cools it down and absorbs the nicotine.

The Boncuk

  The Boncuk
There is one typical item, an equity of this region you should take home as a souvenier, it's called the Boncuk, the Little Magic Stone that protects one from the *Evil Eye* (pronounced 'bon-dschuk'), you will see this blue glass piece everywhere here in this area. But read the
BONCUK Story first.

KŁtahya plate


Ceramics from Kütahya

This wonderful blue on plates and tiles you'll find mainly on the ceramic articles from the central Turkish city Kütahya. Very often you will see samples that show the tulip motif, which dates from the time when this flower originating in Persia became known around the world.

market in Bodrum

  Market day in Bodrum

Every Tuesday there is a cloth market and every Friday, here is a market with fruit and vegetables. Traders and farmers come to Bodrum to sell their produce. This ranges from all kinds of fruits and vegetables to imitation Rolex watches and items of clothing. good to watch as well in the
It is well worth a visit and you should try to bargain before buying anything.

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