Malabar Trading in Bridport has always had a strong association with Istanbul and we source products such as vintage kilims, silk ikat cushions and genuine turkish towels from our fantastic suppliers in and around The Grand Bazaar and from further afield in Turkey.
In February 2018 we visited to meet old friends and make new ones. We pounded the streets to meet carpet sellers, silk cushion designers and jewellery makers. We drank a lot of apple tea and spent hours hearing stories of suzanis from Uzbekistan and refugees from Syria who have brought their carpets to Istanbul.
Fiona spent many hours inspecting kilims and choosing only the best. We always have customers waiting for our new stock so we were very excited when our purchases followed us home to be hung in our ever-changing shop.