on September 20, 2012
One of my goals for my trip to Istanbul was to come back with a suitcase full of Turkish bath towels. Rick Steve's had recommended this shop, which has two locations in the Arasta Bazaar (look for the Canadian flag and avoid the knock-off shops!). The prices seemed pretty good to me (especially for organic and hand-woven products [shuttle looms!!]) but I thought I could get some really CHEAP towels elsewhere. So I bought a few beautiful ones for myself and set off to get some cheapies for gifts (heh). Little did I know that the prices of the towels had gone up everywhere else! I couldn't find a better deal, even with bargaining in the bazaars. Everyone else was charging the same for machine-made products of inferior quality. Chagrined, I made my way BACK to Jennifer's and bought the rest of my towels there. Except the owner, everything about the shop is Turkish, and the focus of the business is obviously supporting the Turkish families who do the weaving. You can also find some really nice hand-stamped copper bowls of the type used in hamams here. This is a low-pressure environment where you won't have to dicker over the price. The service is excellent, and I really love the cloth bag I got instead of a plastic bag to put my towels in - how green!With both the quality and the price being right, how can you go wrong?
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