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Welcome to Turkey!



Highlights from my travel to Ankara to brush up on my rug repair skills



Oct 30, 2021 - Nov 20, 2021



The taxi driver takes a motorway exit towards Istanbul. I have asked him to take me to an address in Ankara... I want to say something but I don’t speak any Turkish, so I ask him in English. He looks at me, shrugs his shoulders, and continues to drive.


Welcome to Ankara!


I am here for a one to one, hands on rug repair and restoration course with Reza, a Persian rug master from Iran.


3 Weeks of working on rugs, doing rug repairs, learning about rugs and talking about rugs day and night! The expresion "like a child in a sweet shop" springs to mind !


Ankara, Turkey from above

Landing in Ankara, Turkey

The old part of Ankara

Like a child in a sweet shop!




I am staying a short walking distance from Samanpazari (meaning Old Bazaar), a gorgeous area in the old part of Ankara, running downhill south of Ankara Castle and home of wonderful shops selling crafts and antiques.



Antique shop


Copper craft shop 

Wood craft shop

Metal craft shop



Rug weaving tools




The rug repair tools we use are hand made in Iran and include:


  • several different type of scissors used for various tasks from high precision cutting to pile trimming


  • different size weaving knives. The knife's tip is equipped with a hook for tying knots  and a sharp blade for cutting the yarn.


  • combs used to secure the wefts after each row of knots. The teeth go in between the warps and with repeated pounding secure the knots and wefts in place.



  • This particular weaving knife was a gift from Reza


  • It's a knife he has used to weave and restore rugs for almost 20 years so needless to say, out of my collection of 9-10 rug weaving knives this is my absolute favourite and the one I use most of the time.




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