In the 17th century, traders began importing Turkish rugs for wealthy Europeans. During the Ottoman Empire, the art of rug weaving reached new heights. Turkey has long had an agriculturally-based economy, and villagers would split their time between farming and weaving rugs. Recently, because of the growing industrialization of the country, Turkey has enjoyed an increase in tourism, creating alternative employment opportunities, and raising labor costs. Therefore, the prices of Turkish rugs are relatively high.
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