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The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya (TCM, Volume 1)

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A two-volume Eisner-nominated graphic novel about a 17th century carpet merchant from Istanbul, and his reconcilitation with faith, love and home in the aftermath of his death by a vampire.

A magic realist, historical epic with a modern, satirical take on Gothic fiction and the literary vampire genre.

A Fragment of a Turkish Tale
In the late 17th century of the
ebook, 336 pages
Published 2016
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If you had asked me a month ago what my favorite webcomic was, I probably would have said "Darths & Droids." But that was before I discovered the storytelling genius of Reimena Yee and "The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya." Don't get me wrong, D&D is great, but it has never affected me like TCM. This is a story that has made me laugh, made me "aww," made me cry a veritable bucket of tears, and has stayed in my mind ever since I finished reading it. It's a story of love, faith, ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those stories that genuinely makes you feel like there's still hope for humanity, it's heartbreaking and sweet at the same time. Beautiful storytelling melds with incredible artwork and it makes this one of the best stories I've ever read. I don't usually get this sappy, and I almost NEVER cry after reading a book (well, webcomic in this case but still) but this one did it for me.
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I stumbled upon this story when it was a still a webcomic, then donated to their Unbound campaign, and now I’m finally holding his beautiful book in my hands.

This book is gorgeous-both in terms of illustration, story, and characters. It is about Zeynel and Ayse a married couple who worked together to make their dreams of owning a successful carpet business in Istanbul come true. When Zeynel is bitten by a vampire, they must figure out how to keep their dreams and love alive without endangering
Can Richards
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya is a beautiful tale about love and death by vampirism, refreshingly moving the beats of traditional vampire Gothic literature away from its usual Westernised setting. Reimena Yee weaves exquisite tapestries of panel layouts in this book, taking inspiration from the Persian carpets the characters sell, and pushes the boundaries of comics as a storytelling medium, with pacing and beats that immersed me into the emotions of the characters, and made me cry and ...more
Ashley Post
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya, as a whole, is an incredible tale of love, loss and a journey of self-discovery. Reimena Yee has created an immersive story that had me, on several occasions, tearing up and laughing aloud, and feeling such an overwhelming love for the characters and their lives. Zeynel and Ayşe, and the hardships that they had to face throughout the story, are written so well that it's difficult not to care! It's inspiring and beautifully illustrated, and I highly ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I backed this on a whim ages ago and spent the next few months prevaricating between forgetting all about it and regretting the impulse (#BrokeStudentLife) but oh dear god, when it finally arrived, it was beautiful. An absolutely stunning hardback, filled with gorgeous and unique art and a vibrant, compelling story. This is a book overflowing with love, and it even made me cry a little. Highly recommended.
Saran Walker
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been following Yee's work for years and read this book while it was being released as a webcomic. It's a deeply moving story about family, faith, and love, beautifully rendered in Yee's distinct style and integrated with Turkish and Islamic art-inspired details. My hard copy came in the mail today and I couldn't be more excited to read it again!
Fatima Qaissi
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with one of the earlier panels and decided to get the book. I was impressed by how dense and beautiful the book was!! Such gorgeous and heartfelt story, I had to continue reading the second volume & now I look forward to get its physical copy too. Totally recommend!
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly an immersive experience. The panels are lush with details and motifs from Ottoman art and beyond. What is best about this book, is of course the story. It’s more than a story about just a vampire. The book is about growing up, faith, love and, at it’s core, personal humanity that we cultivate through the small ordinary events in our lives.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Adding this in goodreads to remind myself to read the second volume. Gorgeous and intricate art, strong woman character, and supernatural setting in 17th century Istanbul. And carpets. Sometimes they have vampires too.

Link to the webcomic available in book synopsis.
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A tender, beautifully crafted work. Holding this book in your hands feels like holding an important text—a guidebook for how to love and how to live through suffering and doubt. Quiet and powerful.
I was able to read it for free from the author's website. Absolutely gorgeous.
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