Holidays in Turkey are among the most popular in the world, and if you’re about to enjoy your very own, you might like to pick up some souvenirs; for friends, or family, or simply for yourself. If you’re looking for beautiful souvenirs of your Turkey holiday which are authentically Turkish, choose something from our Top Ten. A little haggling with the merchant could see you get a really great price.
1. Blue Eye – It is a Turkish tradition that a glass blue eye can ward off evil and ensure good luck and success. You’ll catch many a glimpse of blue eyes hanging in homes and shops, or incorporated into the design of murals and jewellery. Blue eyes come in all shapes and sizes and are perfect Turkey holiday souvenirs as they’re inexpensive but authentic.
2. Turkish Carpets (Rugs) and Kilims – Turkey is one of the world’s most renowned production centres for beautiful oriental carpets, and have one of the greatest weaving cultures on Earth; which makes a Turkish carpet a fantastic option for souvenirs from holidays in Turkey. Turkish kilims are known for their unique designs and traditional colours made from vegetable and plant dyes.
3. Leather – You may not have known but Turkey has a passionate tradition for leather and leather working. People of Turkey have worked upon leather for generations and fantastic examples of leather work can be found throughout the country in handbags, purses, belts and clothing. There are fashionable pieces to be found throughout Turkey and are great value when compared with Europe and North America.