DOBAG is a Turkish acronym for the Natural Dye Research and Development Project.
These carpets are the result of an idea initiated some 30 years ago by Dr Harald Böhmer, a chemistry teacher at Marmara University at that time. The aim was ‘to preserve and facilitate the production of traditional Turkish carpets within the context of Turkish village life’ and he succeeded admirably. Only natural dyes are used and the resultant colours glow like jewels. The carpets are renowned for their glorious blues, reds, and greens; the pile is thick and luxurious.
They are woven in villages surrounding two centres, Ayvacık and Manisa. We are very familiar with the Ayvacık centre as it is close to Assos where we go in the summer. We know the people and I have visited the villages to see where the looms are located and met some of the women who do the weaving. We always attend this sale and invariably end up buying one or two. Last year we actually bought five so perhaps we should keep away this year!
WHEN: Saturday 1st December from 9.30 – 16.30 and Sunday 2nd from 12.00 – 16.00.