Turkish carpet restoration ateliers, located in the town of Sultanhanı in central Aksaray district, are transforming unusable carpets into new ones by applying the patchwork technique, before exporting these unique pieces to numerous countries, including the United States.
Famous for traditional carpet weaving, Sultanhanı has around 50 carpet restoration ateliers of all sizes, which employ up to 5,000 workers.
Sultanhanı is renowned for having restored many historical carpets from Turkey and abroad, including the ones in the Turkish Grand National Assembly's National Palaces Collection.
The ateliers also collect old, patchy and deformed carpets from all around Turkey to transform them into new ones.
These old carpets are washed, trimmed and then dyed, before Turkish carpet masters cut them out and stitch them up again, using different patterns.
Sultanhanı ateliers first started using the patchwork technique, which has drawn great international interest, only four years ago.
Ramazan Solak, who has been a carpet master for the past 37 years, stated that carpet sales in Sultanhanı have boosted as a result of this technique.
The ateliers receive orders from international clients in the U.S., Germany, France, Italy and Israel in addition to Turkey.
An average of 1,000 square meters of carpets are produced every month, which equals about 450-500 carpets, Solak said.