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Hundreds of carpets lie in the sun to soften their color in Turkey

Fade in Turkey: hundreds of carpets lie in the sun to soften their color in the traditional technique used to increase the value of the carpets

  • Striking images of a drone captured the patchwork rugs in Dosemealti, Anatalya
  • Local women and boys do the work primarily for 60 lira (around £ 8) per day during the hot summer months
  • The carpets are washed, dried and dusted before they are put on the field for about a month

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Remarkable photographs show hundreds of hand-woven carpets laid in the sun as part of a traditional process in rural Turkey.

Aerial photos show the patchwork of carpets next to each other on a plain in Dosemealti, Anatalya – a remote and mountainous district in the east of the country.

The stunning process takes place every year in the region and is carried out to soften the color of the vibrant dyes in the carpets to match Western tastes.

The carpets are washed, dried and dusted for a number of difficult weeks before being laid down in the burning heat of the sun.

The work is mainly carried out by local women and boys who receive a salary of around 60 lire (around £ 8), with around 25,000 carpets being laid on nearly 500 hectares of land.

They wait about a month before they take the carpets out of the fields and dust them again, ready to be sold.

A drone photo shows thousands of colorful handmade carpets laid on a field on Monday under the sun to soften their color in the Dosemealti district in the southern tourist province of Antalya of Turkey

A drone photo shows thousands of colorful handmade carpets laid on a field on Monday under the sun to soften their color in the Dosemealti district in the southern tourist province of Antalya of Turkey

Thousands of hand-woven rugs have been laid in the fields during the summer months, creating a remarkable patchwork of colors that stretches many miles around

Thousands of hand-woven rugs have been laid in the fields during the summer months, creating a remarkable patchwork of colors that stretches many miles around

Thousands of hand-woven rugs have been laid in the fields during the summer months, creating a remarkable patchwork of colors that stretches many miles around

About 25,000 rugs are laid on nearly 500 acres of land in the decades-old process that is meant to soften the vibrant colors of the fabric to match Western tastes

About 25,000 rugs are laid on nearly 500 acres of land in the decades-old process that is meant to soften the vibrant colors of the fabric to match Western tastes

About 25,000 rugs are laid on nearly 500 acres of land in the decades-old process that is meant to soften the vibrant colors of the fabric to match Western tastes

Carpet layers have become experts in technology. Sellers simply tell them how much the colors should fade and trust that they will achieve the desired result

Carpet layers have become experts in technology. Sellers simply tell them how much the colors should fade and trust that they will achieve the desired result

Carpet layers have become experts in technology. Sellers simply tell them how much the colors should fade and trust that they will achieve the desired result

The extremely hot temperatures in the Mediterranean help soften the texture and colors of the dyes over a period of one month

The extremely hot temperatures in the Mediterranean help soften the texture and colors of the dyes over a period of one month

The extremely hot temperatures in the Mediterranean help soften the texture and colors of the dyes over a period of one month

Carpets are thoroughly prepared before they are laid, washed, dried and dusted before they are finally brought to the plain

Carpets are thoroughly prepared before they are laid, washed, dried and dusted before they are finally brought to the plain

Carpets are thoroughly prepared before they are laid, washed, dried and dusted before they are finally brought to the plain

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