Avanos is really two places. There is the Avanos out by the highway filled with rows of tourist enticing showrooms filled with the famous pottery that the town is so well known for. Load after load of sunburned visitors pile out of white buses and are treated to a well orchestrated production, clean bathrooms and extremely over priced ceramics. They are are stopping there and the prices are over priced not because these large showrooms offer better products but rather because they have paid the most for the buses to stop.
The second place is back in Avanos proper. They are small shops run by grandfatherly men who've turned hundreds of thousands of pots on the same wheels their fathers before them used. They have the twinkle in their eye and a story - a real story - to tell. They are from Avanos and they'll stay in Avanos.
The rug sellers are the same. Big and glitzy out by the highway. Homey and friendly back in town. We had the store to ourselves and were treated to tea and conversation and a history lesson and stories of trips through Turkey and Iran to find the best quality rugs made by true artisans. These are the stories and experience you will not find if you step off a tour bus at a showroom designed in Istanbul by a businessman who knows nothing about pots or rugs.
If you get to Avanos, make sure and get back into town.
|Catching some rays and rest outside of the carpet gallery.|
|Grabbing a large helping of clay.|
|The captivating and jovial Ali Dede shares his story.|
|Sonora throwing her first pot ever.|
|Malachi throwing his first pot ever.|
|Ali Dede's pottery shop.|
|A wonderful lesson from Ertan.|
If you get to Avanos, please consider stopping by and visiting Ali and Ertan at Galerie Yörük for all your carpets, kilims and sumaks and a hot glass of tea.
And if you have kids, don't miss the chance to get to know Ali dede at Art House where you can find beautiful pottery and let your kids have a chance on the wheel.
And to learn more about the Cappadocia region, be sure and stop by Captivating Cappadocia.