Every year in August, the Grand Place in Brussels is covered with an enormous colourful carpet of flowers.

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A giant flower carpet, made from around 750,000 begonias, is seen on Brussels' Grand Place(Reuters)

Around 750,000 begonias were used this year to recreate the patterns found in a Turkish kilim, to pay tribute to the estimated 220,000 Turks who began coming to Brussels 50 years ago under an immigration pact.

The flower carpet has been a part of the Belgian capital's traditions since 1971. Belgium is the world's largest producer of begonias, cultivating 60 million every year.

Some 120 volunteers spent seven hours placing cut flowers on the square to form this year's 1,800 square metre carpet. The display lasts just four days.

The pattern created is similar to the Turkish Kilim carpet
The pattern created is similar to the Turkish Kilim carpet(Getty)
Begonias are individually laid on the Grand Place to form the pattern
Begonias are individually laid on the Grand Place to form the pattern(Getty)
A close-up of some of the 750,000 begonias used to create the carpet
A close-up of some of the 750,000 begonias used to create the carpet(Reuters)
The flower carpet begins to take shape on the Grand Place as crowds gather to watch the spectacle
The flower carpet begins to take shape on the Grand Place as crowds gather to watch the spectacle(AFP/Getty)
Gardeners work on the design, which pays tribute to Turkish immigrants
Gardeners work on the design, which pays tribute to Turkish immigrants(Reuters)
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Fireworks explode over the flower carpet
Fireworks explode over the flower carpet(Getty)
Fireworks explode above the giant flower carpet on Brussels' Grand Place
Fireworks explode above the giant flower carpet on Brussels' Grand Place(Reuters)