Both very personal experiences of years spent abroad and locals sharing their Istanbul-lifestyle with the world or creating a blog that answers travelers' questions about Istanbul into the tiniest detail.
Istanbul is famous for rugs - that's good. It is also famous for those who sell rugs - that's, well, not so good. You can either take our word for it, or go out on your own and find out the hard way.
Turkey's second biggest income comes from construction industry which has been booming especially since the 1999 earthquake that reminded Turkish people about the dangers of natural disasters.