Tens of thousands of hand-woven “postmortem rugs” — some being centuries old — were collected by government officials across Turkey for maintenance and classification to be transferred to the coming generations

In a common Anatolian tradition, young girls weave rugs as part of their dowry for themselves as well as their future spouses, to be donated to a mosque upon their death.

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