Saturday, August 27, 2011

Turkish Rugs

One will quickly learn when visiting Turkey that carpet salesman have the same reputation that car salesman do in the US. Those who are not carpet salesman don't always have the highest respect for them and there is a healthy skepticism that travelers should take when considering purchasing a carpet. 
HOWEVER, Julianne and I actually found that the carpet salesmen we met were some of the nicest, most genuine, down to earth folks that we met while we were there. 

It could be that we are naive
It could be that business is particularly slow right now
It could be that the folks we met were unique
OR
It could be that often our perceptions of others are not correct

Maybe its a combo

Any how, I did purchase a carpet while in Urgup and it just arrived at our house yesterday! 
You need to know that my decision to purchase this was not an easy one and quite a saga for the afternoon we spent ducking in and out of the shops on our favorite tiny street.


If you know anything about Matt and I, we don't really like to spend money on ourselves and if we are making major purchases, we usually take weeks if not months to make a decision about it. I only had about six hours to decide what to do and wasn't sure what Matt would think... There was a 7 hour time difference to take into consideration, but we actually did end up talking in the afternoon and I felt better about buying the rug... however, the pit in my stomach for the 4ish hours before talking to my husband made me a slightly irritable traveling companion.  Thanks Julianne for respecting me need for silence on the issue :) 

That afternoon we met a man who played the "Saz"-- similar to a guitar, you can kind of see in the pic above (Serdar was one of the older gentleman's students). Anyways, in the carpet shop 3 older gentleman busted out an authentic Turkish diddy (Saz, bongo drum and wooden spoons). 

They played
I danced
Julianne cried happy tears
I bought the carpet


**I only purchased one carpet, but we met several other carpet salesman in each of the cities and I will write more about those encounters later.


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Yay! I didn't realize you were posting again. I want to *link* blogs with you somehow friend. Loved seeing this rug in person. It is really "you" :). It's great to hear about your travels on here. I love hearing your words.

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