Hatice Mengü, an expert instructor at the new workshop, said that they weave the exquisite carpets in traditional Mamluk and Seljuk styles. “In the past, these Mamluk carpets would be used as ornaments hung on walls. They are carpets adorned heavily with motifs from the Seljuk period,” she said.
Melahat Teleri, head of the Handicrafts Department at Iğdır University Vocational School of Higher Education, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the local housewives have been taking weaving courses for two months, adding that it was a great initiative for local women wanting to join the workforce.
“This has been a part of Iğdır University’s efforts to promote regional products on an international scale while helping the local economy. Women who have been trained in the craft, manufacture the carpets and weave the requested patterns in the workshop, and we sell the handwoven carpets to Japan thanks to a private firm,” she said.
Teleri emphasized the impact that the project has had on the local community. “This is the first time Iğdır ventured into the Asian market. We believe that in the end, we will manufacture products independently. That is, we plan to weave the carpets with threads and dyes produced we produce ourselves in this project,” she said.