Best Turkish Souvenirs & Gifts to Buy from Turkey and Online
What are the top Turkish souvenirs, gifts and craft to buy from Turkey? A guide to buying Turkish souvenirs and Turkish Gifts for Her and Him… The online souvenir and gift shops listed
You want to find and buy the best Turkish souvenirs, or you are looking for the best Turkish gift for your loved ones, then you should check our list of Turkish souvenirs and gifts. Best online souvenir shops and gift shops are also listed at the bottom of the post. These souvenirs are all Turkish Crafts and the products from Turkish arts and crafts are good gift ideas as well.
Turkish crafts are a reflection of rich cultural heritage of Turkey and Anatolia. As Turkey had been a cradle for many civilizations in the history, its culture has become rich with various arts and crafts.
Almost all people visiting Turkey are going back to their countries with souvenirs among traditional arts and crafts created in Anatolia.
Here we will give you some information about which crafts should be considered more Turkish and worth discovery and worth buying from souvenir and handicrafts shops in Istanbul, in other cities and online.
- Turkish Kilims & Rugs
- Turkish Ceramics & Tiles
- Turkish Lamps
- Handmade Items
- Handcarved Wood Items
- Handmade Copperware, Copper items
- Mother of Pearl Inlaid Wood items
- Turkish Yemeni Shoes
- and more to discover…
Turkish Souvenirs, Gifts
Turkish Kilim Rugs
Kilim is the general name given to lint-free weaving mats other than carpets.
Kilim Rugs, one of the oldest items that have survived from the past to the present, are considered as one of the oldest crafts and arts in the history of humanity, as well as being cultural ambassadors.
Kilims are one of the most valuable weaving types with their weaving features belonging to the old period and the new period.
Kilim models are quite thin compared to carpets.
The rugs, which emerged as a result of people’s search for a comfortable and warm floor, were woven by the Turks for the first time in history.
What is Kilim?
The lint-free hand-weaving made of wool woven according to the two-thread system is called kilim.
You can learn more about Turkish kilim rugs and also shop kilims here..
There are many styles of Kilims especially known for their production places or motifs in Turkey.
Kilims may be antique which are the most expensive ones, vintage or modern types. Some types are:
- Vintage Rugs
- Vintage Kilims
- Overdyed Rugs
- Patchwork Vintage Rugs
- New Kilims
- Runner Rugs
- New Hand-Knotted Rugs
- Antique Kilims
- Oversized Vintage Rugs
- Tulu Rugs
Turkish Kilim Shoes & Bags (Great Gifts for Her)
Making of kilim shoes, loafers, slippers and bags is being continued by not many craftmans and workshops in Turkey.
Buying a pair of Turkish Kilim Shoes or a handmade Turkish handbag as a gift for her is always a good idea.
You can find some cheaper ones since they were made of different materials with kilim designs, or of newly made kilim rugs.
However, try to get some made from vintage or anrique Turkish kilims by expert artisans. This will be really a great gift for your loved one.
The Turkish craft kilim shoes and kilim bags offers you uniqueness since each pair of shoes or each bag or clutch cannot be the same with another one.
Even each one of a pair of vintage kilim shoes are diffrerent due to the fact that they are being handmade by using different parts of the same kilim.
If you are looking for a unique piece of art in fashion these could be your choice.
Turkish Jewelry Telkari (Filigree) as a Gift
Telkari (Filigree) is a handicraft made by knitting or embroidering gold or silver into fine wire. It is a jewelry made by knitting silver or gold into thin wires.
Telkari is the art of ornamenting silver by hand.
In Turkey, it is mostly done in Midyat district of Mardin and Beypazarı district of Ankara today.
You can buy them also online and we are sure it is a nice idea for gifts.
This decorative art was brought to Beypazarı by the Ahi community.
There are more than 100 small workshops dealing with this craft in Beypazari for the last 40-50 years.
Filigree is an art that requires patience and delicacy, which is a pure handicraft.
Masters create a work of art by melting and processing the silver metal in a crucible, connecting two or more thin wires and shaping them.
Also Turkish Jewelry is one of the top Turkish Souvenirs to buy when going back to your country.
Where you can buy Turkish Telkari Jewelry:
We have listed some shops where you can find some best Telkari jewelry handicrafts..
- Sumer Telkari – Midyat Mardin
- Midyat Silver – Midyat Mardin
- Telkari Sarayi – Midyat Mardin
- Ahi Silver – Beypazari Ankara
- Mutlu Silver – Beypazari Ankara
- Artuklu Telkari – Fatih Istanbul
Mardin is a very beautiful and historical city in South East of Turkey where you will find many workshops and stores for Telkari Turkish Jewelry in Midyat of Mardin.
Turkish Ceramics / Iznik Tiles Nice Gifts for Her
Iznik (Nicaea), which has been the capital of many civilizations, was also the capital of Tiles.
This magnificent art came to life in master hands and lived its golden period in the 14th and 15th centuries.
The tiles used in the decoration of many mosques and palaces of the period further increased the magnificence of these structures.
Tile is a type of ceramic that is produced by mixing raw materials such as quartz clay, frit, dolomite, marl, chalk powder in certain proportions, and which is glazed on one or both sides, on which an underglaze and overglaze decoration is applied, and obtained by firing at 850-950 degrees.
Since it contains 80% quartz (Quartz), that is, semi-precious stone minarets, it has entered the ceramic literature as “Impossible Ceramics to Produce”.
How Iznik tiles are made?
Quartz, glass powder and clay are used in the production of Iznik tiles, which take their colors and patterns from the nature of Iznik.
After these materials are baked and ground, they are turned into dough, shaped in molds, left to dry for a week, then primed and dried again and baked at 930 degrees.
In the patterning part, the motif drawn on the parchment paper is pierced with a needle and charcoal powder is poured, allowing the pattern to rise onto the plate.
After the painting process, the plates are glazed and fired in an oven at 1000 degrees.
Chinese Temani, Hatai, Golden Horn work, pomegranate patterns, miniatures, Iznik bird, rose and carnation motifs are mostly used in Iznik tiles.
Tile art was registered in the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2013.
In addition, in order to transfer the art of tile to the next generations, to promote it, to register it in the Intangible Cultural Heritage List of Humanity, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism continues to prepare a file.
Where you can buy Turkish Ceramic/ Iznik Tiles:
We have listed some shops where you can find some best examples of Iznik Tiles..
This time we have selected only the places from the center of Iznik Tiles.. The city of Iznik in Bursa Province.. There are much to see there!
Copperware | Handmade Copper Items
Producing copper items is a common tradition in many cities in Turkey. Some leading cities in copper items production are: Gaziantep, kahramanmaras, Diyarbakir, Trabzon…
Forging technique is used in the processing of copper.
Forging technique is applied with two different methods called “pitting” and “collecting”.
Embroidery is carried out with “relief” and “staple embroidery” methods.
The motifs drawn with chisel pens are engraved on copper by striking them with blow pens and punches with various motif patterns in their mouths.
Among the products produced are vases, flower pots, trays, basins, teşt, bowls with handles, copper, ashurea, covered dish, cauldron, barbecue, champagne buckets, large-sized tarhana and ice cream cauldrons and various decorative ornaments.
The majority of the products produced are ornaments for touristic purposes.
Brass, which is obtained by mixing 70 percent copper and 30 percent zinc, is also processed by coppersmiths with motifs and various products are obtained.
Where you can buy Turkish Copper Crafts:
Here are some shops, and bazaars, markets where you can find some best examples of Handmade copper items..
- Tarihi Bakircilar Carsisi – Izmit/Kocaeli
- Lazyo Copper / Fatih Istanbul
- Kaya Bakircilik /Fatih Istanbul
- Gaziantep Copper Bazaar /Gaziantep
- Kervancioglu Copper /Gaziantep
- Bakır Home Gaziantep
- Sonay Copper Crafts / Trabzon
- Tarihi Bakırcılar Çarşısı /Trabzon
- Hakan Copper/Kahramanmaras
- Tanrikulu Copper/Diyarbakir
Mother of Pearl Inlaid Wooden Crafts
The art of mother-of-pearl inlay, basically, is the decoration of the wooden surface with motifs by inlaying light colored mother-of-pearl on dark materials such as wood, tortoise shell and horn, which are chosen in contrast.
It is called in Turkish; Sedef Kakma or Sedef İşçiliği.
A good mother-of-pearl master must also be a good carpenter. Must have knowledge of geometry and mathematics. Must have calligraphy and illumination knowledge. Must be patient and disciplined.
Mosaic Lamps / A great gift idea for home decoration
There are many features that distinguish mosaic lamps from other designs and lighting systems.
First of all, all of the mosaic lamp models are handcrafted by experienced craftsmen. Paints obtained from natural resins are used.
The most important feature that gives the real value to mosaic designs is the processing of old Turkish cultural and artistic values and all of the motifs reflect the Old Turkish traditions.
The materials used are of high quality and completely original. Of course, everything with handicraft and art is valuable.
Mosaic lamps have unlimited color and model options.
It can even be custom designed. It consists of different models and colors to be used in every corner of homes and spaces.
You can find mosaic lamps in any color and model you are looking for, as ceiling lighting in living rooms, floor lamps in living rooms, wall sconces and floor lighting.