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Jirousek, Charlotte A. “Market Effects on the Design and Construction of Carpets in the Milas Region of Southwestern Turkey, 1963–1993.” Contact, Crossover, Continuity: Proceedings of the Fourth Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America, September 22–24, 1994 (Los Angeles, CA: Textile Society of America, Inc., 1995), pp. 229–240.
Beginning in 1964 my husband and I were involved in the development of a village carpet weaving cooperative in Southwestern Turkey. We lived with the weavers of Çömlekçi from 1964 to 1966, as part of the first Peace Corps rural community development program in Turkey. Between 1966 and 1969 we continued to work with the cooperative in its efforts to develop markets and quality control standards while working as Peace Corps staff. Since leaving Turkey in 1969, I have visited Çömlekçi periodically, most recently in 1992 and 1994.
The success of the Çömlekçi cooperative in tum generated carpet cooperatives throughout the province of Muǧla. This paper describes my observations of changes in the design and construction of Çömlekçi carpets between 1964 and 1994.