Uşak Dokur House

Dokurevi is an integral part of Uşak’s rich historical and cultural heritage and has a colourful history dating back over 180 years. This architectural gem is a typical example of traditional Turkish houses in Uşak and is characterised by its porch, stone foundation, wooden roof and tiled roofing.

Dokurevi has served various purposes over the course of its existence. Originally, it was owned by the Okkalar clan and was mainly used to raise hafis (people who memorise the Koran). Afterwards, the house became the property of the Tomas and Dokur families, who used it for mutaf, weaving sackcloth, sacks, feed sacks and other items made from goat hair.

In 2004, the municipality of Uşak acquired Dokurevi and initiated extensive restoration work. By carefully preserving the original materials and architectural integrity, the house was reborn in 2010 as the Uşak Municipality Dokur House Traditional Handicrafts Carpet Making Centre” . This centre now houses 40 carpet looms where skilled craftsmen weave authentic Uşak carpets dating back to the Seljuk period.

The initiative aims to contribute not only to the city’s economy, but also to the employment of women by selling these exquisite carpets, made by local women in the Dokur House, at home and abroad.

Why is it regenerative?

It is an example of regenerative tourism as it brings a historic building back to life, preserves heritage and provides employment opportunities, especially for local women.

Project partners met in Aveiro on the 14th and 15th of September 2023. It was the perfect opportunity to visit the destination with regenerative glasses on, to understand its many assets but also some of the challenges the destination is facing. Face to face project meetings always provide the partners with the unique opportunity to learn about the work of the hosting partner and get valuable insights about the destination. In this case partners were hosted by the dedicated team of management and tourism professionals of the University of Aveiro who shared a wealth of insights about a city that was new to many of the participants.

The Enforce project is well on track when it comes to the project work plan, which means that after having completed the Best Practice collection of innovative examples about storytelling for regeneration and also the Storyteller’s Guide, partners used the meeting to discuss the development of the Enforce Training Programme.

For the next few months partners will be working on developing the content in line with guidelines provided by the University of Usak, our project partner from Turkey.
The course should be available for piloting in January/February 2024 and will also be available in the partner languages once all translations are finalised.

The ENFORCE team met in the beautiful city of Luxembourg for its kick-off meeting. It took place at the premises of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg (also known as CCIL), which opened its doors to warmly welcome all partners.

The team was aware of the importance of this first meeting and approached it with the same enthusiasm, as it plays an important role in building strong bonds that will contribute to the success of the entire cooperation. With the common goal of building a solid foundation, the participants discussed in depth the first steps required for the project ENFORCE.

During this visit, the project objectives were discussed in depth to ensure that each partner has a comprehensive understanding of the overarching goals. The outcome of the kick-off meeting was extremely satisfying for all partners and generated enthusiasm among the team. It was a success and left everyone inspired and energised.

The journey of ENFORCE has officially begun and with the collective expertise of the committed partners, there is no doubt that it will thrive and achieve remarkable results.


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