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TRAVEL TO DESIGN: ON LOCATION IN TURKEY!

Turkey is one of those wonderful places that is truly mysterious and engaging at the same time. Istanbul itself is a divided city in which depending on where you travel, one can have a different experience.
The popular, and typically spot on Lonely Planet Travel Guide does a great job describing just what this means.  http://www.timeout.com/istanbul/features/304/istanbul-area-guide

Interior Designer Cathy Hobbs in front of Turkey's Blue Mosque

Interior Designer Cathy Hobbs in front of Turkey’s Blue Mosque

If you are looking for creative, in some cases over the top design this is the place. The awe inspiring Blue Mosque is a must do, in fact I traveled to Turkey in the summer of 2002 on my way to Greece just to see it.

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Turkey has for decades been known for it’s vibrant rug trade.  When it comes to quality selection and price, Turkey is hard to beat.  One caution, know what you are looking for and have some knowledge of rugs, for example even the basics such as hand knotted vs machine made products is helpful. EVERYONE in Turkey is talking about rugs, so finding a place to buy one won’t be a challenge and if I must say there is truly a lot of beauty to be found under foot!

Superb craftsmanship is a big part of what you will find in Turkey

Superb craftsmanship is a big part of what you will find when purchasing a rug in Turkey

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Finding quality rugs won't be a challenge, as rugs are in abundance. Just know what you are looking for and go armed with a basic knowledge of rugs.

Finding quality rugs won’t be a challenge, as rugs are in abundance. Just know what you are looking for and go armed with a basic knowledge of rugs.

As I mentioned I visited this beautiful country in 2002.  Since then, I am proud to see an emerging furniture market in Turkey. In fact there is an entire organization now promoting Turkish made furniture.  Click this link to learn more: http://www.turkey-furniture.net/

Turkish made furniture

Turkish made furniture

In addition to an influx of furniture into what has been a dominant rug industry, there have been a host of major hotel groups that have opened hotels here with a distinct hip vibe that blends Western aesthetics with traditional Turkish themed accents.

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As far as what to buy here, both relating to home decor and beyond, the bazaar is not to be missed! Needless to say there are numerous boutiques and small shops in which one can buy reasonably priced, one of a kind items to bring home.

A typical turkish bowl

A typical turkish bowl

Looking for a list of local shops? LOVE THIS LIST FROM HOUSE BEAUTIFUL!

hbx-istanbul-furniture-1211-mdnLIST OF GREAT PLACES TO SHOP FOR HOME FURNISHINGS IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY

http://www.housebeautiful.com/shopping/best-stores/istanbul-shopping#slide-1

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