Photographer's Note

In my previous photos you have seen some of the ancient remnants of the town, 2000 years ago being the capital capital of the kingdom of Pergamon. Now, let's return to the daily life of this town. We shall leave the center with it small but modern shops and stroll along a street in towns outskirts. I was fascinated by this energy saving horse-power transport, which is still rather common throughout the Balkan states province. Here we can meet with street trade and be sure to strika a good bargain after tough negotiation! You can see some hand forged copper and tin plated vessels. But CARPETS is the most famous Bergama production.Here is what Wikipedia says:

Bergama is also renowned for its high quality carpets. There are approximately eighty villages that still weave Bergama carpets. The history of carpet weaving in Bergama dates back to the 11th century - when Turkish migration started to the area. Bergama carpets have almost always been woven with wool - an attestation to the pastoral life style of the Yrk clans populating the area at the time.

Although the history of carpet weaving in Bergama dates back to the 11th century, most surviving carpets do not age more than 200 years - mainly due to their wool content. The oldest surviving Bergama carpets can be found in mosques in and around Bergama, as well as the archaeological museum in Bergama.

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