Istanbul was a city that I had longed for.
I also wanted to buy some antique Anatolian kilims in good quality in Turkey.
So, I asked my friend who had been to Turkey for many times when I bought air tickets to Turkey.
She recommended me Motif Collection.
She told me that she has been a customer of the shop for 12 years long and satisfied with the items they are dealing very well.
I could easily find the shop next to Yesil Ev (Green House) Hotel on a tiny and attractive alley behind Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam (the famous Roxelana's hamam).
It didn't betray my expectations.
The owner Hamit Balkir was very kind and gave me a lot of information of carpets and kilims.
I was especially interested in the meanings of their motifs and asked him some questions about them.
He gave much more knowledge than I was expecting, not only about motifs but also material, dye, technique, etc.
He really has astounding knowledge.
The talk with him was so fantastic, but I didn't have so much time, so I gave it up and concentrated on choosing kilims.
Though I was planning to buy two pieces, I bought five old and antique ones.
They are all wonderful and in the best condition.
Motif Collection make me very happy and became my favorite place.
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