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.
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.
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.
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