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  • Avrupa Pasajı - Aynalı Pasaj, Istanbul, TR
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  • Avrupa Pasajı - Aynalı Pasaj, Istanbul, TR
    Avrupa Pasajı - Aynalı Pasaj,...
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  • Avrupa Pasajı - Aynalı Pasaj, Istanbul, TR
    Avrupa Pasajı - Aynalı Pasaj,...
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    rugs: Turkish rugs

    by travelightly Updated Jul 1, 2003

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    What to buy: If you are going to think about buying Turkish rugs, even if your interest is minimal, I'd recommend you stopping in at your local Turkish rug shop and get a little idea of the cost and quality of rugs. You could end up with a better deal at home if you don't know what you're looking at when in Turkey.
    You might go to Frommers website and look at their suggestions for carpets, too. Don't forget your VAT (tax) refund when you leave the country. It's 15% For Americans, that will help defray the $100 entry visa you had to pay to get into the country. See my site for shopping at my Istanbul travel pages.

    Related to:
    • School Holidays
    • Study Abroad
    • Budget Travel

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    by Sharrie Updated Feb 23, 2003

    What to buy: KILIM: or Carpets were traditionally used for providing shades (from sunlight) & lining the tents. After the conversion of the nomadic tribes in Anatolia to the Islam religion, kilims acquired the new function as prayer mats. The origin of kilim motifs dated back to prehistoric times & many of them symbolized goddesses. As many of the kilims were formerly used at homes & the weaving techniques were passed on from one generation to another, the styles were not altered until only recently.

    Embroidered kilims are known as Cicims.

    What to pay: Depending on whether it's wool, wool on wool, silk on wool, or silk carpet. Prices ranges from US$300 - $5000 or even more, depending on size & where it's made in. Those from Hereke, Usak & Kumkapi are well known.

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    AYKUT: good price and nice people

    by Elenoide Updated Aug 4, 2005

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    This shop is between Cemberlitas and the Gran Bazar. Here works Omar and Mehmet, nice and friendly people.

    What to buy: Carpets, kilims and other staff

    What to pay: It depends on what you buy

    omar in front of the shop

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  • Shops of Grand Bazaar or Egyptian Bazaar: Carpets carpets carpets....

    by kedi+ Written Feb 7, 2003

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    What to buy: Carpets and kilims I suggest.. They are hand made and each of them has its own story.. And they are UNIQUE!!

    What to pay: It depends on how humble ur carpet.. 8)

    Grand Bazaar

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  • Aug 17, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    ANother warning about SAKURA carpets just off Taksin Square. I Agreed to pay TL150 for some items but they charged me TL350 on my credit card. CHECK YOUR RECEIPT before you leave the store - something I did not do this until I got home. I have raised the issue with the Bank but they say my chances of getting back are low.

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