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To call the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul "mazelike' is an understatement.Among all that, textiles are one of the Grand Bazaar's greatest distinctions, especially carpets.Through her Istanbul Personal Shopper tour company, Hamilton leads private shopping trips to the Grand Bazaar for $250 and takes the challenge out of shopping by helping her clients find one-of-a-kind pieces and then bargaining for them.She recommends giving in to the dance when shopping for a carpet in the Grand Bazaar. Ahemt Sengor, the fourth-generation proprietor of a carpet shop that has been doing business on the Grand Bazaar's traditional carpet street since 1918, agrees.Some of the rugs in the Grand Bazaar are machine-made and imported from Iran, Afghanistan or even China, but a handmade Turkish carpet will feature distinctive colors and patterns unique to the area it came from.
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