Products that Age with Us: Carpet in the Turkish Household

R. Gurel*, O. Merzali Celikoglu

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This paper explores carpet, an intergenerational product, that lives and ages with its users. An ethnographic study was conducted through participant observation and in-depth interviews to understand why carpet matters in Turkish homes. Exploring material culture of carpet unfolds its meaning as a signifier of culture in second-order semiological systems. Study finds carpet has socializing traits, is the maker of home, needs maintenance and can be an artwork or object. Examining a product's importance and emotional durability can enable new understandings of product meaning and sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1011-1020
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Design Society
Publication statusPublished - May 2022
Event17th International Design Conference, DESIGN 2022 - Virtual, Online, Croatia
Duration: 23 May 202226 May 2022

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  • emotional durability
  • material culture
  • product design
  • sustainability
  • user-centred design


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