Hereke is a small fisherman’s village some 60 km east of Istanbul and genuine Hereke Carpets and rugs are knotted in this small town. After completing work on the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Ottoman Sultans used to give Hereke carpets as gifts to selected visiting royalties, noblemen, and statesmen. It was not until 1890 that some traders in Istanbul were allowed to sell some of the pieces made at Hereke. With the end of the Ottoman Empire the production of Hereke carpets was restricted until the middle of the 20th century when some master-weavers in Hereke began once more to produce the carpets in continuation of the tradition of the Ottoman Palace Carpets. Our tour of Hereke will focus not only to Hereke Rugs, but also to historic places of visit. Here is how it will be and what you will see in this journey: Your guide will meet you by Haydarpaşa Train Station and in one hour and twenty minutes, you will arrive to Hereke. Your first visit is to Hereke Carpet Museum and production center. Following a walking tour of Hereke that takes about an hour you will visit the Summer Residence of Kaiser Wilhelm 2. You will be back at Haydarpaşa Train station at 4.20 pm.