Sunday, November 24, 2019
Arriving in the port of Kuşadası, Turkey
Pigeon Island is connected to the mainland by a walkway. There is an old castle on the island that was originally used to protect the harbor.
At a Turkish carpet factory we saw a demonstration showing silkworm cocoons being heated in water to make it easier to separate the silk threads from the cocoon.
The silk threads easily unwind from the cocoons after they are heated.
A small carpet in progress. The paper pattern is used as a guide while weaving the silk.
Entering the show room at the carpet factory.
The last stop we made on our Aegean Sea cruise was the port of Kuşadası on the coast of Turkey. While we were there, we visited a Turkish carpet factory where we learned how they harvest silk from cocoons and use it to weave the beautiful silk carpets you see in the above photos. Not only are these carpets beautiful, they are extremely soft to walk on and they let us take our shoes off and feel them for ourselves. I would have loved to purchase one for my house, but they are extremely expensive (thousands of Euros even for a small one) and the cost combined with the fact that my cat would probably dig her claws into it made my decision not to buy one very easy.
I will be taking a break from my blog for awhile in order to spend time with my family over Thanksgiving. See you soon!