We're starting the first article of 2013 with a "guest speaker". I received an email a few days ago from Istanbul and it was just a delight to open it and read it. I've asked and received permission to post this, so please do read on:

Hello Paul,
 
Greetings from Istanbul. This is Inalcan, I have been following your website Zarafet.co.uk and referring it to my peers, friends and loved ones for long.
 
Although I am an Istanbulite by birth, my family's hometown is near Denizli.

I would like to thank you for this great exposure of the town. The September posts on your blog page, especially the short clips of the looms, have reminded me of my childhood, when almost every single alley in the town was filled with the buzz of these looms. I greatly enjoyed, and still enjoy, watching people and their looms make these exquisite products.
 
I wish you the best for your business, and please keep up the good work.

This email came to me completely out of the blue, and it's just a lovely testimonial. If you haven't done so, please do have a look at the loom footage and read the earlier September blog. Weaving these products is a real craft.