Ethnic and Traditional

Merve Ozbas

Carpet weaving is one of the most precious traditions in Eastern countries. Turkish carpet and rugs are well known internationally, this most demanding touristic product of course made its way into fashion world.

The ability of adopting and conversion traditional items to merchandise happened in carpet patterns too. We have seen tribal patterns since 1970’s and vintage trends in which Maya and Aztec patterns are used generally. However, due to recent affection on East and Muslim countries, Islamic motifs are used. These traditional motifs represent an era, an aesthetic value to make that tradition contribute global production. It is good improvement to see them in strong designs and high quality fabrics. Today, these folk’s patterns generally give hippie and exotic look.


When large motifs give geometric style, minor and engraved designs give us detailed and rich look. These mostly exaggerated patterns inspire from Middle American natives tent ornaments or Middle Asia steps. Accessories or design elements can utterly change the outfit, you can get modern look with metallic accessories or join festival craze with fur and feathers. Whichever you choose, this winter traditional patterns are very trendy.


Traditional patterns have deep impact on fashion industry and of course accessories have received their share. A modern styling can turn into an ethnic styling with these accessories. Especially, ethnic symbols look good on bag straps this year, don’t underestimate shawls, shoes and hats. You can spice up styling with a hint of ethnicity.


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