Ankara - Post Report Question and Answers

Is this a "shopping post"? Are there interesting handicrafts, artwork, antiques, or other items that people typically buy there?

Absolutely. You can buy some incredible, we’ll made and affordable furniture, beautiful rugs, high quality textiles, hand carved wooden products, silver and copper all for half the price of America. Turkey is a country that produces...everything, and would highly recommend making the most of the shopping opportunities while here. - Sep 2020


There are great things to buy, e.g., rugs, ceramics, glasswork, wood furniture. Most head to Istanbul for shopping sprees. - Oct 2018


Very much so. Anything locally made is very cheap. Good for glassware, ceramics, textiles, soaps. - Oct 2018


Tons. - Sep 2018


No, the rugs and handicrafts are really expensive here. - Jul 2018


Yes, many towns specialize in particular things that you can easily find as you drive around Turkey. - Oct 2017


Yes. Lots of really nice art and copper items. Most folks buy Persian and Turkish rugs. There is a guy in Golbasa that makes custom damascus knives who's family has done so since the ottoman empire. Go out to Ulus on the weekend. You can find just about anything and if they don't have it you can have it made. - Sep 2017


There are a lot of things here, it just depends on what you're interested in. Many people, myself included, buy a few rugs here. There is a very good knife maker in Golbasi that can make custom Damascus steel stuff. Eskeshehir (I probably spelled it wrong) is known for these white smoking pipes that apparently sell for $1000s in the US. - Jun 2017


The exchange rate was 1.7 Turkish Lira to the dollar 3 years ago. Now it is almost 3 to 1. Makes for very affordable shopping. I do almost all of my shopping locally. - Sep 2016


Carpets and Turkish arts and crafts. - Jun 2016


Carpets, marble, textiles, pottery - Aug 2015


Carpets, copper, Turkish tea and coffee sets, textiles, pillows, pottery. - Apr 2015


Carpets, silver, copper, tiles, art, tea, Turkish delight. - Feb 2015


Copper items, beautiful tiles, carpets, textiles. - Jun 2014


Carpets, ceramics, wood carved furniture, etc. - Apr 2014


Carpets, plates, lamps, old wooden items, tiles, cheap costume jewelry. Trips anywhere are well worth the money. - Mar 2014


Carpets, ceramics, etc - Mar 2014


Lamps, pottery, tiles. Carpets are plentiful but way overpriced and not the best quality. - Jul 2013


Carpets and Kilims! Also, lamps, furniture (you can have it made to your specifications), tiles, towels, and backgammon sets. - Aug 2011


Evil eyes and carpets. - Jul 2010


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