Do you know that problem when there is so little light. You catch a grey shape out of the corner of your eye, it is there. You turn your head towards it, and it fades away. It is all to do with the distribution of rods and cones on the retina, but lets not worry about that just now.
What I am concerned about is knowing something is there, but it remains hidden and out of reach. Finding a good place to buy a carpet in Turkey is a little like this. We have long had this dream of traveling here to buy carpets. The thing is, if you try to do it, it would remain quite impossible.
The only way to buy a carpet is to not try to buy a carpet. You have placed yourself in the very epicentre of the carpet world and now all that you can do is wait and hope. You may be quite a way down the path of buying a carpet without ever realising it. This is what happened to us.
We were eating breakfast at the hotel, when Huseyin turned up. You have begun to buy a carpet. ” Would you like to come to my village, it is very close? “. We are in the car, and on our way. It is just 5Km from Pamukkale, but a hundred years or more distant.
You sit in the shade, under the porch of his house and drink tea. The snow on the mountains is crisp today. A pure white in a sharp horizon. The ruins of Hierapolis are just a few hundred metres away. ” Have you found things over the years? “, a casual comment that leads you to a neighbour’s home. He pulls from a bag and carefully places on the chair coins with the head of Alexander, followed by oil lamps and statues. These are all priceless, and you can not believe they are there for you to touch.
The process of buying a carpet is continuing its almost masonic path. ” I sell carpets to places in Istanbul “. You were told he worked as a vet, which is also true, but not going to help you buy a carpet quite as much as this. ” Would you like to have a look at some Kilims “. Oh you are close, he said Kilim, but that means carpet as well.
Now is a good time to tell him that you do not want to buy carpets, just to guarantee that he will remember to show you them after you have drunk another tea. You all get into his car to drive the 400 metres to what looks like it may have been planned as a village hall, but was unused as every one prefers to just meet up at each others homes.
” Wait here one moment “. You are so close to hundreds of the most wonderful carpets, or kilims if you prefer. ” Come in and look if you like, let me show you one please “. They are simply stunning. You have never once asked to buy carpets or even look at carpets, but here you are.
An hour later you beg him not to show any more as it is just becoming too confusing. You want them all. He knows that and you know that. Thing is,
he knew it when he stood by your table at breakfast a couple of hours earlier.
We have bought three beautiful carpets or you could call them Kilims. They are in the post already and we have no idea when we will see them next. If you want to buy a carpet, let me know and I could give you his telephone number. Alternatively, you could just turn up here and see what happens.