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Importance of knots  
The carpet is a woven textile which is produced by knotting colored threads on the warp, compressed by the weft. Two types of knots are used in producing carpets: The Turkish (Gördes-symmetrical) knot is wrapped around two warps and the Persian (Sine- asymmetric) knot around a single warp. The Gördes knot makes a carpet stronger, firmer and more durable, while the Sine knot allows the weaving of different patterns. The tighter are the knots, the finer and stronger is the carpet.  
Herbal Dyes..  

Dyes extracted from flowers, roots such and insects such as cochineal are used in Turkish Rugs. The use of vegetables, roots and other natural items to make dyes has been a well known art for many thousands of years. Natural Dyes are so much better than synthetics. They will not change for years.

 
Motifs..what do they mean ?  
Carpets and kilims since their beginning were not created just for meeting man’s physical needs but also for his psychological wishes. Turkish carpets and kilims did have role as a “communication device” in its modern meaning. Thus, every single Turkish carpet and kilim has general and rich messages that it carries through meaningful and colorful patterns. The meanings of the motives generally symbolize religious beliefs, nobility, and power etc.  
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Your guide Ali YALNIZ is a also rug expert  
Ali Yalniz is a rug expert and the writer-publisher of a carpet book that has already made 3 prints and sold more than 25000 copies in 3 years. If you are interested in rugs he will be happy to share his knowledge with you and also help you to buy a rug from Turkey. He knows many wholesalers/reliable shops to take you.  
 
 

 ISTANBUL

 CARPET SHOPPING   

Turkish carpets
The carpet is a gift from the Turkish people to world civilization. The knotted rug, the earliest samples of which have been found in Central Asia where the Turks used to live, is an art form discovered, developed and presented to the world by the Turks. In order to protect themselves from the cold of the Central Asian steppes, where they used to live, the Turks invented the carpet using lamb s wool which was abundant. Turks have taken this art form with them and spread it wherever they have traveled.
Oldest carpet in the World
In the 1940s, when the Russian archaeologist Rudenko was excavating burial mounds at Pazyryk in the foothills of the Altai Mountains in Siberia, where Turkish people used to live, he discovered the earliest surviving carpet in the world, in the fifth of the mounds. This carpet was woven using the Turkish knot, in between 3rd and 2nd Centuries BC, and it is generally accepted that this carpet is attributed to the Asian Khuns.
How to choose a carpet ?
The thinner the carpet usually, the better the quality. The best way to determine the quality of the rug is to turn it over and count the number of knots per square inch. The top-quality rugs will have about 400 knots per square inch. Pull on the carpet, if it moves back and forth, it is of poor quality. The more knots per square inch it has, the more "stationary" the carpet will be when you pull it back and forth.However please keep in mind that knot count is only one measure of a rug's quality!
How much are they ?
The prices vary considerably, depending on quality, size, etc. A quality carpet, one that will become an heirloom and increase in value, will cost about $1000 US. This would be for a wool or wool on cotton carpet 3x5 in size. 6x8 should be about $2500. Remember!!!! You get what you pay for. If you buy a poor-quality carpet, it will not increase in value. Silk carpets are more expensive. Old carpets are usually expensive too but not the "previously owned carpets"..Please note that not every "previously owned carpet" is an old and antique carpet category.
Is it a symbol of status ?
Yes..., possession of a Turkish carpet has been regarded as a status symbol in many parts of the World as well as in Turkey...
 
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Ali's Protravel Tours is a travel agency based in Istanbul and specializing in travel to Turkey. Our tour company offers unique and customized private tours of Istanbul, Ephessus and Cappadocia daily. It is a member of TURSAB : Association of Turkish Travel Agents with # 8067 and it is a registered trademark of AYAL TURIZM Ltd and AYAL is a member of Istanbul Chamber of Commerce. Ali YALNIZ is the owner of  "Ali's Protravel & Tours" and he is a member of IRO- Association of Istanbul Turkish Tour Guides.
 
 
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