The ICOC Vienna-Budapest Tour is open for registration

Herat carpet fragment 16th century. MAK, Vienna

The ICOC Vienna-Budapest Tour 15-21 September 2014 is now open for registration and a Pre-Tour 10-15 September 2014 to Lombardia is also an option. ‘That offers the exciting opportunity to experience the best of Italy, Austria and Hungary in one trip’ said ICOC’s Peter Bichler to Jozan Magazine.

Textile study tour to Laos and Cambodia


The Textile Society of America has just announced a new textile study tour 24 May – 5 June 2014 entitled ‘Textiles of Laos and Cambodia: Traditions and Transitions’. This tour will involve ten days of exploring the textile traditions of Laos and Cambodia in cultural context.

Interior decorating with carpets at Dervis Hotel, Konya

Dervis Hotel, reception

Dervis Hotel in Konya is run by Muammer Ucar, a Turkish carpet dealer from the Ucar family, who is internationally well-known for their use of excellent natural dyes in their kilim production. And of course the use of carpets and kilims has been an important part of the hotel’s very tasteful and charming interior decoration.

Uyghur carpet dealer and tour guide

Elvis Ablimit Ghopor, Kashgar carpet dealer and tour organizer

For a couple of years ago Jozan Magazine interviewed Elvis Ablimit Ghopor, a local Uyghur carpet dealer, about carpet trade in Kashgar, Xinjiang. As a jack-of-all-trades Elvis also helps organizing trips and tours in and around Kashgar.