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25 May 2007


Serhii Laskavyi


Little Miss Moi

Dear carpetblogger. I noticed you didn't include any photos of girls who work on the street corners.


Love the pix. Makes us want to come back to Istanbul! The wooden watermelons are probably the main part/bodies of a Turkish saz (guitar).


You are probably right, G! That's what they are.

LMM -- Of course I could never take these kinds of photos in Kyiv. Not enough industriousness. I am creatively exhausted when it comes to photos of women. Although, you know, there's a whole section of town that's the mothership for devushka clothes. I have to get over there and take some photos. That might energize me.

Vilhelm Konnander

Dear Carpetblogger,

Sorry for being somewhat small-minded, but this is the body of an oud - an oriental lute - and not a saz. The saz has much narrower bodies and a longer neck than the oud.

As you might know, there is quite a good music market near the aqueduct, where you can buy both instruments at much lower prices than would be the case if you ventured to buy them in Kapali Carsi.

Annoyingly yours,



VK-- I do claim to be an expert in many things, but Turkish musical instruments are not among them. I hardly know my baglama from my tar from my wooden watermelon! Anyhoo, this workshop is not far from the music shops on Galip Dede Cad. near the Galata Tower so the broad category of "musical instruments" satisfies my curiosity, but thanks for filling in the blanks!


Your portrait pics look a bit crap cause they're being stretched - when you click through to the original it is 327 pixels wide, but on the blog it is being stretched to 400 pixels. Maybe you can upload a larger version or does it resize the pics for you?
geekily yours...


Great photos!


dedicris: what's the bongwater ?
dedicris: bongwater was not found in the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary
gail fo: reading
gail fo: never heard of it ask goggin
dedicris: elections in Ireland , vote for goggin
dedicris: a bum for president
gail fo: only says it was a rock group
gail fo: maybe bogwater
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gail fo: wait
dedicris: bogwater was not found in the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary
gail fo: google yes
gail fo: transformations of metal species in ageing humic hydrocolloids
dedicris: drop it
dedicris: teach my boots
gail fo: listen
gail fo: the bog
gail fo: is
gail fo: the loo
gail fo: the toilet
gail fo: cleaning out the toilet
gail fo: eh?
gail fo: fits
dedicris: it says bong
dedicris: maybe
dedicris: you got it
gail fo: yes its the bog
gail fo: goin for shower
dedicris: do not slid on the soap
dedicris: perhaps I could give my ragards to buzzy while you showering


try Urban dictionary:


A water pipe or bong is a device used for smoking, usually Cannabis (and less frequently tobacco or other substances), in which smoke is bubbled through a chamber containing water. The bong enables the operator to smoke in a manner very differently than is possible with a simple smoking pipe or joint (spliff). Most bongs are designed to either cool the smoke before it enters the operator's lungs, build up a large buffer of smoke which the user inhales quickly, or both. The word bong derives from the Thai word baung which refers to a cut off section of bamboo.

Yo! It's my parent knocking on the door, Hide The BONG!


I used to fantasize about sitting atop an upturned mopbucket all day selling pomegrantes, sour cherries and cones of sunflower seeds to passerbys on Nizami Street.

Now, I dream of hoisting a pole of pink cotton candy in Istanbul. Everytime I answer mobile, the tail of children vying for the opportunity to stuff their mouths with my spun sugar will increase.

I will light up their brains with fluffy candy on a stick. I will turn their white teeth gold.

Thanks Carpetblogger!


Kate, what could possibly be stopping you from becoming a pomegranate entrepreneur? Don't ever let your dreams die. Reach for the stars!


And women? What do they do all day?

Your photos aren't so hot because Dave isn't taking them. He is available for quite cheap hire and I'll be happy to accompany him to direct Carpetblogger's photo shoots. We merely require two round-trip KL-Istanbul air tickets. Reasonable, no?


Robyn, you totally have that right. We could trade. I fly you here to direct my photo shoots and you fly me there to go to some food markets. Loved that post on the market the other day. I guess I should have written that on your blog, but whatevs.


Hello Mr.CarpetBlogger

Im interested in visiting the shop with the watermelon shaped shells. They are actually the hull that is used in making the turkish music instrument called the Oud, which is the arabic version of Lute.

Im a lute maker myself.

I would appreciate it if you provide me with the adress of the shop and which area it is located in.

P.S. lovely pictures

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