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Traditional Arts in Turkey

Traditional Turkish tapestry / Photo Shutterstock
Traditional Turkish tapestry / Photo Shutterstock

Turkey is rich in traditional handicrafts, particularly textiles and lace, jars, wood, copper, porcelain, ceramic and earthenware, glass, and stone. Several sites such as Beypazarı and Trabzon are famous for their work in silver and gold. Several sites specialize in tapestry (carpets and the famous kilims).

The Esnaf ve Sanatkarlarır (Craftsmen and Tradesmen) department of the TİSK confederation had, in 2008, around two million members, which shows the importance of this sector in most parts of the country. Most of the crafts are intended for internal consumption, but there is also a great demand for these crafts among tourists.

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