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The World-Famous Carpets of Bodrum

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Carpet weaving, which was once a popular occupation in Bodrum and its villages, is on the verge of extinction due to a lack of interest among young people in this craft.

Milas carpets, which are very popular and well-known, were once produced in both Bodrum villages and Milas. However, interest in carpet weaving is dwindling.

The predominant color in Milas carpets produced in the region is typically brown. Milas carpets are also known as Ada Milas, Aubergine, Cingilli Cafer, Gemisuyu, and Elikoynunda, depending on their style, color, and other distinguishing characteristics.

Milas carpets are woven in the Milas and Bodrum regions of Turkey. The Turkish traditional handicraft, carpet weaving, is known to have arrived in the region with the Turkmens who began to settle in the region after its conquest in 1261.

Milas carpets in the form of prayer rugs woven in the 16th century are the oldest examples in museums today. The Milas pattern, which appears in modern designs, is derived from the original Milas carpets woven in this region in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Milas carpets, also known as "Ada Milas" and "Direkli Milas," are the most important traditional examples of the local weaving culture, with their distinct yellow colors unique to the region.

Karacahisar and Goreme carpets are named after the villages' weaving styles.

Karacahisar prayer rugs are woven with Gobekli and Medallion patterns and embellished with motifs such as flower leaves and branches. These prayer rugs, with white and red backgrounds, are made of sheep's wool and are tight-knotted.

Carpet looms used to weave Milas carpets with and without mihrab designs in brown and yellow tones are particularly concentrated in the villages of Bozalan, Gokbel, and Lower Mazi, which are located between Milas and Bodrum.

Milas Carpets can be purchased in Milas, which is very close to Bodrum. Burku Sayin's carpet shop on Bodrum's Neyzen Tevfik Street can put on a wonderful show about Milas carpets.

The Etrim Carpet Foundation in Etrim Village provides examples of village meals and breakfast, as well as selling carpets in carpet shops settled in village houses with traditional structures.

According to legend, the Ada Milas patterned carpet was named after Carian Queen Ada, who lived in the 4th century BC. The figures and motifs on the carpets woven around Milas today bear witness to a glorious history.

Etrim Village is well-known for its carpets and authentic atmosphere.

Etrim village, in Bodrum's Mumcular District, draws tourists and celebrities with its hand-woven rugs and carpets. Etrim, famous for its centuries-old carpets, attracts Hollywood stars, businessmen, royalty, and other celebrities.

Etrim Village has maintained its natural aura over the years. This lush village full of friendly people is also well-known for its carpets. Carpets woven before 1950 and rare silk carpets from bridal chests can be found in the village. The carpet weavers here believe that each rug has a unique story to tell.

This charming village should not be missed if you visit Bodrum.

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