Discovering Cappadocia

We can all agree that summer is pretty great. But when temperatures drop and the sun beams are replaced with grey skies and raindrops, there is great comfort to be found in turning to the safe space of your home and burying yourself beneath a warm blanket.

Looking to make the most of this cozy pastime, our team - alongside The Guide Istanbul editors - explored the hidden corners of Central Anatolia in search of all those little details that make your abode more snug and soothing, with a touch of traditional Anatolian authenticity. For our base, we set up in Uçhisar, Cappadocia to make sure the creative inspiration for this research came from the most picturesque vistas available in Turkey. We searched, wandered, looked and asked questions, but also enjoyed the best sunrises and sunsets the world has to offer - because all work and no play makes any team of explorers a dull one.

If you’ve already browsed through The Guide Shop’s carpets and kilims, you might already know some of the most talented and established artisans of this craft are based in Central Anatolia. The knowledgeable Erdoğan Bey from Bazaar 54 took the time to teach us how to tell the difference between the silks, cottons, and wools used in woven carpets. We witnessed the silk-making process from cocoon to final product. Then Harun Bey explained to us the natural dye techniques at Ortahisar’s Matis workshop.

An original, high-quality, handmade Anatolian carpet is no petty expense. With that in mind, we searched for an alternative use of carpet patterns and materials, and bring them to you in form of pillow cases. They are the perfect size to showcase traditional symbols used to tell the life stories of their makers.

We also visited the famous ceramist of Avanos to get some firsthand experience of the craft, listen to nostalgic love stories and learn how to keep water cool without a cooler. This, and many more, comes your way this season via The Guide Shop website.

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