Kioutachia, Sevastia, Sparte, the cities of Asia
Minor became the most famous weaving centres of
the time. Their carpets were gathered in Smyrne
and then exported to the markets of Paris and London
For 50 years all Asia Minor wove, dyed threads,
created carpet patterns and exported handmade carpets
from Smyrne to the big markets of America and Europe.
In Eski Sechir (Doryleon) Susanna Bagdadli and later
Ioakeimidou (1905-1987), the daughter of the fur
merchant Stylianos Bagdadlis (1875-1922) and Kyriaki
Giagtzoglou (1883-1987) learnt how to weave from
the age of 6 since after school every day she would
weave a carpet on the loom together with her friends,
cousins and aunts who were experienced weavers.