Flying Carpets, Swinging Monks and Non-cave Hotels
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When I âve heard weâre going to the carpetsâ factory I thought it will be boring. I didnât find carpets very amusing. But it appears that I was really, really wrong. Not to menting even bigger ignorant it the carpet matter. The museum was great, and our museum guide, Orhan - funny, informative, not to mention fluent in Polish.
Orhan expained to us, step by step, how the carpets are made (handmade from the begining till the end, of course) now, and how this looked like in the past.
Nowadays most of the carpets are made by housewives in their homes. The company provides them with wool, silk and cotton (there are the only three materials carpets are made of), so they can make carpets between some house duties (sic!). The work is very long. It can take even 12 months to prepare 1 meter sq of carpet (of course one can be make faster, it depends on many things). After the carpet is made the company sends it to the Ministry of Culture, so every carpet will be provided with a certificate. Having that certificate, if you buy the carpet, you can sell it after few years for a higher price than you bought it.
The carpets were beautiful - with complicated ornaments or even some biblical or mythological scenes. Unfortunatelly we couldnât afford the one we liked. It cost 28,000 Euro. Of course there were cheaper ones, so some people from our trip bought few.
After we ended our visit in the carpet factory we went to see the Whirling Dervishes. They do this dance called Sufi whirling, and itâs the practice of the Mevlevi Order in Turkey, and is part of a formal ceremony known as the Sema. The Sema is only one of the many Sufi ceremonies performed to try to reach religious ecstasy. This practice, though not intended as entertainment, has apparantely become a tourist attraction in Turkey. While the place was dripping with cliches and plastic ornaments, the dance itself was very interesting.
BUT BE CAREFUL! Before you decide to see this dance, read about it. Itâs very symbolical, and I would say, that it has a lot in common with some shamanistic trance, while performing. Every part of the dance has itâs meaning and together with the gowns theyâre wearing theâre representing an eight century old tradition.
So, we are in ĂrgĂźp -" the town in Cappadocia âfamous hotels built right within cavesâ. Of course, we landed in one NOT even built near any rock, not to mention of a natural caves. Of course there are hotels like that in here. Hell, there are even markets like that in here. But just not ours. On the other hand, for some happy news, weâre quite close to the mosque, which means that the probability of tommorowâs wake up call at 5.15 is as high as the neighbourhood minarets. So not to brag, I am close to the culture.