Buying a Turkish Carpet
The Turks are known worldwide for their carpets and their skills have been handed down for generations. Rugs were originally made for warmth and decoration (or in the case of the nomadic tribes, sturdiness), dowry gifts, and donations to mosques. They come in an assortment of colors and patterns specific geographical regions in Anatolia. What sets the Turks apart from their neighbors in Iran is...
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.– Rumi
In Capadoccia I saw a whirling dervish show at the Sarihan Caravansarai. The whirling dervishes didn’t put on a show, per se, rather it’s a remembrance meditation called Sema that onlookers are allowed to see. There were 11 men in total, the main guy had a white hat. He’s known as the sheikh. The dervishes wear a white gown (symbol of death), a wide black cloak, hırka (symbol...
Call to prayer at the Topkapı Palace in İstanbul.
Turkey broke off from Ottoman rule and established a republic led by Atatürk in the 1920’s. As part of the nationalist movement, a new language was created to foster literacy (from 20% to 90%) and reflect the growing Western influence in Anatolia. Today, 100 million people speak it worldwide. Turkish uses a modified phonetic Latin alphabet so a word is pronounced the way it’s...