I have lots more pics of Barcelona, Rome, Turkey and Egypt and I must not forget Crete. In Crete at Knossnoss's Palace, there were "naughty" pictures but after reflection, I realize that this is also history and I can't keep them from you. When I post those pics, I expect I'll get lots of comments.
I wanted to show you the fascinating place in Ismir Turkey where they make hand-made rugs. Rugs that we would pay a lot for. I did find out that the workers there are in training, but the cost of the rugs is extremely high. They will ship it anywhere in the world, but it was money I couldn't take away from my vacation. I hope you enjoy them. The kids did.
|House of carpets to the left & a big hillside.|
|This is a trainee and we are watching while she is actually making the rug|
She showed us how she makes the silk to make the rug from silk worms.
|This rug is in the process of being worked on. It was awesome to watch.|
|This is the process that break down the silkworm to get the silk off.|
|This is the inside of a silkworm. Hard to believe that the silk surrounding the little|
unborn worm makes such beautiful rugs.
|This is where she hooks the silkworms to begin the process of removing the silk.|
|This is little guy Rialey watching her intently. I know he is wondering|
if he can try it!
|This is a back room of carpet already made and waiting to be sold.|
|Here are some displays of round carpets.|
|The owner is holding up some other carpets I asked to see. Lovely work|
but they should be paid more for their work instead of just trainee.
|This is a finished piece of carpet that I really liked. If it hadn't been so expensive|
I would have purchased it.
|Another amazing finished carpet that I would have like to have purchased.|
Layla like this one too.
|Another great work of art in carpet making.|
|Here is a display of many smaller types of carpets that were made.|
|This rug was a lot bigger, too much for me. My guide is sitting down across the room.|
|This picture captures lots of carpets and us as we gaze around the room.|
|I Just had to see them all together to decide if I could get one and I|
almost did, but the kids talked me out of it. They wanted to make
sure I had money for our trip. Good advice kids!
|Here is Layla trying her hand at weaving the silk. Pretty good.|
|Even little guy Rialey had a try at carpet making. He was really interested in this work.|
|Here she is holding the silkworms as she slowly gathers them from the boiling huge pot. She gets a|
thread of silk and keeps pulling. Amazing it is.
|This is Constantine statue on the way down the mountain.|
|You can see Ismir in the background.|
|This is a very mountainous region as we drove back down.|
|Small roads to maneuver as we drove|
|It was truly lovely in person as we looked in the distance and enjoy the view|
|There was something about this tree that I had to take a picture of. What it was, I don't remember!!|
|The mountain, the greenery and sky were breathtaking!|