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The Making of an Overdyed Patchwork Rug

The Making of an Overdyed Patchwork Rug

Vintage Overdyed Patchwork Rugs are created using fragments & pieces of old knotted pile rugs which have been previously overdyed. Because of this, they can be made to any size or shape specification.

The pieces are cut into mostly squares & rectangles of varying sizes before being laid out on a table to begin to form the design of the new rug. This is not easy; it takes creativity & skill to arrange the pieces into an overall pattern that is both attractive & interesting. They are then machine stitched together with a reinforcing blanket stitch and using a custom-made thread which is 50%cotton and 50% non-flamable polyester. It is extremely strong.  The joined pieces are then ironed with a very hot iron.....the finished rug lies totally flat with no ridges along the seam lines.

Next a heavy cotton canvas backing is applied & the outer edges all overlocked. The accompanying photo gives an excellent close-up look at the stitching.

The finished rug is a triumph of recycling; a complete & exciting contemporary new product.




I have some great new additions to my "Favourite Things to do in Istanbul' list. As well as my favourite Bookshop, Jewellry store, Rug shop, Hotel and cafe, I can now add the best place to buy fresh Turkish Delight, favourite Pub and favourite place to buy leather handbags (from where I just bought three!)

Favourite Pub....Cozy Restaurant & Cafe. On Divanyolu Street (the main street in the old city, Sultanamet). A great place to get a beer and to people watch. (Make great mojitos  too.....very rare in Istanbul!) Also has a roof-top restaurant where the views are spectacular, especially at night.

Favourite Hand-Bag Shop.... Gulsum Canta in the Grand Bazaar. There are hundreds of leather shops to choose from, this one was reccommended to me by a local, and I found they had an excellent selection, from YSL to Gucchi, Tom Ford to Cellini, Prada to Valentino. Take your pick.  Ask for salesman Yunus and mention my name.

Address is Fesciler Cad.(street) No 88-90. Just ask for directions. 

Best place to buy FRESH Turkish Delight.... Koska. It is outside of the Grand Bazaar but very easy to find. Dont have the exact address but it is on Divanyolu St (where the trams run). Again, just ask.