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Oh my God, not again!... not another boat shot! >:P

Last weekend we (rigoletto and me) went to Hereke for a daytrip, a unique weaving center located at the northern edge of Izmit Bay, near Istanbul. Hereke is famous for producing the finest hand knotted carpets in the world. These special carpets represent the pinnacle of the Turkish carpet weaving tradition. Sultan Abdulmecid, Ottoman Emperor, established the Hereke Imperial Factory in 1843 to produce carpets, fabric, upholstery and curtains exclusively for the Ottoman Court.

Hereke carpets, particularly those of pure silk, are considered the absolute finest. Until the political revolution in 1923, Hereke carpets were exclusively manufactured for Sultans, palaces or mosques. Regarded as extraordinarily valuable and prized possessions, Hereke carpets were often given as gifts from Sultans to other great Kings, Emporers and rulers. Many of the finest and rare examples of Hereke rugs can be seen at the Dolmabahce and Topkapi palaces in Istanbul.

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