Author:Patricia Scalco (University of Helsinki)
Paper short abstract:
The paper explores how flows, interruptions and (dis)connections in the circulation of carpets and kilims in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar area articulate notions of the city as crossroads.
Paper long abstract:
Throughout history, Istanbul has been represented as one of the Mediterranean's most significant crossroads, connecting and disconnecting places, peoples and ideas. With its construction dating back to the 15th century, Istanbul's Grand Bazaar is situated within Istanbul's historical quarters. As the world's largest and oldest covered market of its kind, the Grand Bazaar currently counts with more than 3500 shops, selling a variety of goods ranging from small souvenirs up to leather goods, jewelry and expensive kilims and carpets.
Drawing on everyday practices associated with the carpet and kilim trade within the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, the paper explores how flows, interruptions and (dis)connections in the circulation of those specific goods articulate notions of Istanbul/Turkey as crossroads.
The roads most travelled: ethnographic approaches to buffer zones, crossroads and spaces in-between