BEST BUYS  

     Enriched by natural, cultural and historical heritage, Fethiye displays a wide variety of products representing the special features of the district, produced by the local people. Some of these are listed in the pages where cultural heritage is covered.

Rugs & Carpets
     Rugs are not only a piece of household furniture for the Turkish people but a part of its culture. In the beginning rugs were made only by wandering tribes. Pursuant to migration of the Turkish tribes from Central Asia to Anatolia, the technique, material and the designs were enhanced. Turkish carpets exhibit variations depending on the climate and the social and cultural features of the districts where they are made. The material used generally is wool. Cotton and silk carpets are samples where more knots are used, requiring higher skill. Double knots (Gördes Knot) and root dyes are used in Turkish carpets which made them more durable compared to others.
     Carpet weaving is a handcraft passed from generation to generation. Each carpet is a unique sample with the designs and colurs symbolizing social and cultural values and beliefs. The material used, the size,the number of knots and the technique of dyes enhances its value.
     Kilims are flat-woven carpets without knots, another traditional handcraft which require less effort compared with rugs. They are made on simple looms in shorter time, generally with geometrical designs.
In all the shopping centers at Fethiye, Paspatur, Saklıkent and Kaya Köyü, you can see beautiful samples of carpets and rugs and watch the weavers at work and even make a few knots yourself if you so wish.

Gold & Silver
     With a wide variety of choice at reasonable prices, gold is a good value option. Most is 14ct, but you can also find 18ct and 22 ct. Whichever you choose, the craftmenship is superb and you will find a wide range of beautiful designs, set with lovely precious and semi-precious gemstones. Silver is also good value and most pieces are hand-made.

Leather
     Good quality, reasonably priced leather and suede are in abundant supply. You will find an amazing variety of items in all shapes and sizes, including coats, jackets, waistcoats, skirts, trousers, shoes, belts and bags. Made to-measure garments are also available at little extra cost.

Hubble-Bubble
     It is known that the habit of having a hubble-bubble started in Anatolia in XVI. Century when tobacco was first imported into the country. The hubble-bubble played an important role in the Turkish coffee-houses. It satisfied the need of consuming tobacco, provided relaxation and was thought to be less detrimental to health as the smoke was first filtered through water. Today this habit has become a rather nostalgic activity. In some entertainment centers at the Paspatur Bazaar, the hubble-bubble are set up in traditional style where you can have a try at it. It consists of a special glass water container, a long pipe and a mouthpiece called marpuç, and is a traditional, interesting piece as a souvenir.

Textile
    The good quality cotton and hemp produced in the Aegean and the Mediterranean region and the wool and leather procured from cattle-raising in the Central and Eastern Anatolia gave rise to Turkey's being one of the most successful countries of the world in the textile sector. The products made in various districts in Turkey are successfully sold in all world markets. Similarly, the products of many firms which are pioneers in the world of fashion are manufactured at Turkish factories.
In the shopping centers in Fethiye and especially at the Tuesday Market, you dan find all kinds of clothes and material.

Herbs & Spices
     Herbs and spices are very cheap compared to the other countries (particularly Saffron), and because most varieties are used in Turkish cooking, an extensive range can be bought fresh at the bazaars and local matkets. Just follow your nose to find the right stall.

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