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Turkmen Art and Rug

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Address: Selcuk, Turkey
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+90 232 893 1212

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This Center has a tour which demonstrates how silk is produced from the silk worms, the way the silk is dyed and then you can see lots of weavers weaving the carpets and Kilims... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Shabana S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Center has a tour which demonstrates how silk is produced from the silk worms, the way the silk is dyed and then you can see lots of weavers weaving the carpets and Kilims. This segment is absolutely amazing... but next comes hard core selling - they take you to a hall where they start opening up carpets after carpets... More 

Thank Shabana S
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

This was a scheduled stop on our Celestyal cruise excursion to Ephesus. Watching the women with their looms and the speed at which they ties the knots was an interesting and educational experience. Also, we got to see the silk 'cocoons' and how the silk threads are extracted and wound to make the threads used in the rug making. We... More 

Thank PamC54
Adelaide, Australia
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

The silk collection and the making the rugs was fascinating and the ladies that make these rugs are amazing. How they don't loose count is extraordinary. The finished carpets are just beautiful. I found the selling of them a bit intimidating to say the least. We have come home to await our rugs that will take pride of place in... More 

Thank swanfamily85
Alice Springs, Australia
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

Our tour group stopped at Turkmens Art and Rug. As with all tours, a few destination stopovers will always include shopping opportunities (if you want to call then that), of local products. This was no exception, as the tradition of carpet weaving is a centuries old practice within Turkey. An interesting demonstration first, of the ladies and students working on... More 

Thank 1TraveltheWorld
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

We specifically asked to have a stop at a a carpet-weaving centre as part of a private tour organised through our cruise line, and were extremely happy with our experience at Turkmen. Given the extent to which the local economy has been hit by terrorist attacks in other parts of the country, we were expecting a greater level of pressure... More 

Thank Madeline M
Gatineau, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

My excursion to Ephassus included a stop at the Turkmen Carpet Weaving Centre in Selcuk, Turkey before returning to our cruise ship. Amazing skills are put to work creating these beautiful carpets ranging in a wide variety of sizes, colours and fabrics (cotton, wool and silk). Their hospitality was very warm offering us a drink during their demonstration. However, beware... More 

3 Thank Maddee2015
Mellieha, Malta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

The pressure to purchase is too intense and if one shows any sign of interest than you've had it. Feels like a pack of wolves pounced on you. The carpet making process is very intersting otherwise.

2 Thank JesmondC
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2016

This was an advertised stop with Insight Tours on a Celestial Crystal Cruise. Respect and appreciate the outstanding work done by this company/organisation to preserve and maintain the culture and heritage of traditional carpet/rug making by local villagers into the future. Of course there is going to be a bit of hard sell, but these gents were very respectful with... More 

4 Thank JT M
St. Louis, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 July 2016

We did purchase a carpet there, On our way back to the cruise ship, we priced the same exact carpet it at a store close to the dock , and the price was half of what we paid....and that was their first offer price. They misrepresented the product as being their exclusive and that the weaver worked directly for them.... More 

1 Thank Harry H
Carefree, Arizona
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Reviewed 9 July 2016

This was an unadvertised stop on our Celestial Cruises Tour and turned a very positive day into a nightmare. Our guide told us about this Weaving Centre that was to encourage younger girls to learn how to weave. It is sponsored by the Turkish Government, but it is in reality a high pressure carpet sales event. The company that sells... More 

2 Thank Stephen J

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