Part 4: Major Kilim Producing Regions in Turkey: Aegean Region, DenizliOctober 7, 2018
Part 6: Major Kilim Producing Regions in Turkey: Aegean Region, Usak (Ushak)January 13, 2019
Manisa was known in antiquity as Magnesia ad Sipylum (Magnesia by the Sipylus river). This ancient but not very significant Lydian city was a neighbor of the Lydian capital of Sardis; it is sometimes mentioned as almost a periphery of the port of Smyrna and its name pops up at times in the litany of cities falling prey to various conquerors or resisting sieges in the countless wars fought over this tempting corner of the Aegean littoral.
Today Manisa is almost a suburb of the sprawling metropolis of Izmir and is not particularly known for contemporary kilim production, but some old items with notable abrash work do periodically come on the market.