A holiday in Turkey proved to be a turning point and provided Philip with the inspiration for a new body of work, especially a visit to the Ali Baba Carpet Shop, Kusadasi. The very hospitable owner plied apple chai and of course the O’Reilly came home with several fine hand made rugs. Ali Baba Carpet Shop has proved to be one of Philip’s most popular and enduring images and is available as Limited Edition Prints and postcards

A subsequent visit by dolmus to the nearby town of Tire led to the marvelous Ahmet the feltmaker, whose archaic feltmaking machine was both a terror and a revelation. Philip went on to work with Ahmet, producing several felt pieces which have been exhibited in the UK and overseas.