Subtlety does not play a lead role in Turkish culture
The fall of the Ottoman Empire was not a pretty one. Weakened for centuries, it spend the last few decades of its life as “the sick man of Europe.” Nevertheless, it still found beauty in art, especially in architecture,
The artifacts of lost love crowd many a back drawer or trunks in closets—old letters, photos, half-burnt candles, empty perfume bottles, cinema tickets. For some, like Kemal Basmacı, it’s a life consuming obsession.
Shopping for a carpet is a quintessential experience in Istanbul and there’s an almost overwhelming abundance of options when it comes to where to buy your perfect souvenir. However, carpet shopping can also be an intimidating experience with very expensive consequences.