Essential guide to carpet buying on Turkey sailing holidays
Picking up souvenirs is one of the most enjoyable aspects of a vacation, with Turkey sailing holidays almost certain to include shopping for carpets. A Turkish carpet or kilim can make a great addition to your home; however, there are a few tips to bear in mind to ensure you get the best bargain.
When you go carpet shopping at a market, there will be a dizzying array from which to choose. Each vendor will be competing to show you a large selection of their wares and will give you information about the methods of weaving and the origins of the designs. You will be offered something to drink, which is likely to be either Turkish coffee or apple chai. Accepting this does not in any way mean you are obliged to buy something, as this is a fundamental part of the Turkish market shopping experience.
Once you have found a kilim you like, it is time to agree a price. Let the vendor make an opening offer before you counter it with a much lower suggestion. This haggling back and forth might feel a little unnatural but it is completely normal here and an expected part of the process. Decide what is the absolute maximum amount you are willing to part with for the piece and then stick to it. Hopefully you and the seller can come to an agreement that suits both parties. It is a wise idea to visit at least three different shops to get an idea of prices and the selection available before committing to any purchase. Again, the vendors will not be offended, as this is all part of the game.
Once you have agreed to buy a particular carpet, try to avoid unnecessary shipping. Unless the carpet is very large, take it with you to minimise the risk of it going missing or, as may happen in the worst case scenario, being replaced in transit by a cheaper version.
Following these simple tips should enable you to shop for a carpet with confidence and snap up a great holiday bargain.