Holiday Inventory: Rug Stockings

These stockings are a unique addition to any Christmas day celebration! They are hand-carded, hand-spun wool, natural dyes and authentic rug designs made in the villages of Turkey. Orders can be made by phone at 216-320-9300. Happy holidays!

Love From Abrash

I woke-up @ 6 am Sunday morning.  Everyone is still sleeping, even the city.  I am out of town traveling to bring some more beautiful art to Abrash.  Sun rays are beaming in the sky, and I am sipping my tea.  That is how a good day starts…

GrandBazaarOver the last decade of my life I fell in love with one thing I always had an appreciation for and enjoyed throughout my years on this planet; hand-made oriental rugs & interior design. I truly believe “Home is the Reflection of the Soul”.  In today’s society, we each live different levels of stress in our lives.  When one comes home, it is soothing to one’s soul to feel the passion, love, comfort, peacefulness and beauty of life.  A house becomes your home when it is filled with colors & designs that reflects your spirit.  A hand-made rug, whether it is contemporary or traditional can be the art on your floor. Remember, each knot is patiently woven with villagers who painstakingly weave them to make a living.

I feel fortunate to meet those weavers & visit their villages on the Silk Route.  To me, their work resonates love for the dyeing art-form of hand-made rugs.  Believe it or not, I love all of the rugs I bring to my gallery , and if I had a choice I would not sell any of them; I guess that is a committed marriage :)

Happy Valentine’s Day to all who live to love and love to live.

The Grand Bazaar: Deal or No Deal

On July 6th, The Washington Post published an article titled “The magic of carpet shopping in Istanbul” which described, in my view, a realistic and accurate carpet-shopping experience in the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul’s number 1 place to go for carpets galore. I wanted to share this article as well as some of my thoughts with you.

Grand BazaarEvery time I travel to Istanbul it is a must for me to stop by the Grand Bazaar. I love the experience of browsing, shopping, or even pretending to be a customer to buy a rug. (I also cannot skip visiting Erol Kazanci, owner of Shirvan mentioned in the Washington Post article, both for doing business and admiring his outstanding collection.) The store-owners are all in front of the entrance of their shop waiting to pull you in.  They speak every language you can think of. Somehow, they first start with English when they see me, it must be my talent in acting like a tourist :-) .  I never give away the fact that I am fluent in Turkish and I know the carpet business inside out. I always go into the store with an open mind to see how I will be treated. Will they give me a correct story of the quality of the weaving, construction of the carpet, whether the dyes are natural or chemical, or will they tell me the actual country where the carpet was made with its associated workmanship? Will they quote a reasonable price relative to my assessment, understanding the fact that “fair price” is a subjective judgment? Unfortunately, much more often than not, I end up having to leave with a disappointment. As a member of the Turkish-American diaspora, I do my share of patriotic contribution by eventually telling them, in Turkish, that their old-fashioned ways may hurt them in the long run in an increasingly globalized economy.

So here are some words of wisdom ;-) . In my personal opinion, on an apples-to-apples basis, it is safer and cheaper to buy in the U.S. than in the Grand Bazaar, and your best bargain will most likely be in Cleveland, a city with a very low cost of living. Enjoy the Washington Post article!

Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth

Oriental rugs are a ‘blind’ item for most people.  Trust in the dealer is the most important factor in your purchase – trust that you are being shown the most beautiful rugs of each type – well made and fairly priced.  Here are some tips on quality…

Abrash Gallerie launches an Online Store!

Abrash Gallerie is happy to celebrate a decade in business by launching a new online store! Excellence in customer service has always been our pride, and we hope that this new addition will make your shopping experience a bit more convenient.

Creating a home-like environment for our deserving customers is a pleasure. Now, it’s time to bring our gallerie to your lap, or should I say laptop :-) , to save you some time in your hectic life. The online store will make your holiday shopping much easier this year. We are uploading new items and categories continuously, so check back often and expect to be surprised each time.

We are always happy to see smiling faces in our gallerie, and we are committed to making your online experience just as pleasant. Come and join us for our decennial celebration, in person or virtually.  Thank you for visiting us!

Warmest wishes,

Tuba Gokoglu, owner

Folklife Carpets

Enjoy reading below “The Idea Takes Root” by George Jevremovich, owner of Woven Legends.

Abrash is a proud dealer of Woven Legends rugs; Folklife rugs are available at our gallerie.

The Book Of Woven Legends presents an extensive—though far from complete—catalogue of our carpets woven between 1982 to the present, from our pioneering and experimental Azeri carpets in the 80’s to our forays through the years of many village, town and classical traditions. Included are portraits from the field, focused on the people, land, culture and processes that together help describe the revival of one of the world’s oldest arts. In an attempt to bring a sense of coherence to a daunting and little understood art, we also provide the “creation story” (Anatomy Of A Carpet) of a Woven Legends carpet, step by step, from start to finish, from village loom to the living room. Also, a selection of residential, commercial, and public views of interiors and spaces for which a wide variety of Woven Legends carpets were selected or custom designed.

Starting decades before “sustainability” and “green” gained market currency, our mission remains constant: to pursue, experiment and recover the knowledge of traditions that were, after thousands of years of research and development, abandoned, a situation that began with the invention of spinning machines and aniline dyes during the Industrial Revolution—displacing tens of thousands of artisans from the Balkans to Central Asia—and continued into the post-industrial age with its focus on program and predictability: standardized designs, sizes, color-ways, delivery schedules… Looking back to 1979, it was easy to see that all knots were not created equal, that two traditional Turkish, or Persian, or Caucasian rugs—one antique, one modern—might share the same design, size, type of knot and knot-count, but only one was “beautiful”. It didn’t require an expert or trained eye to see the difference; it was obvious. The question was, why? Answers were varied and vague: “antiques are better because they are antiques”; “the art vanished with the tribe”; “give it time and this one will be as beautiful” (a dealer favorite).

Interestingly, it took modern science and research, and a passion for antique Turkish village rugs by a German chemist (Harold Bohmer) for the Dobag project (1981) and their village cooperatives to help undo the damage. Their introduction of natural dyeing, their adherence to using only local hand-spun woolen yarn, and to commissioning designs that were indigenous and still in use in the Ayvacik and Yuntdag areas of western Anatolia, set the stage. An idea took root. Woven Legends’ task was to expand on the natural dye recipes of Dobag, to adhere to its own “only hand-spun wool” rule, and to move to eastern Anatolia, where mountainous terrain, weather and conditions supported—with the assistance of local government—the creation of a cottage industry capable of weaving large sizes in atelier settings, and where it was possible (for a variety of reasons) for us to experiment across a broad range of traditional weave structures and designs. Our goal here—long overdue—is to present a coherent picture of our work and values. We live in a new century where the teachings and work of William Morris have never had greater relevance: “To give people pleasure in the things they perforce make; to give others pleasure in the things they perforce use; that is the great office of decoration.” It is not foolish now to invoke aesthetics as a basis for thinking about the future, any more than it is romantic to say that unbridled industrial development threatens the future of our planet. It is not too late to assert that traditional art, to the degree that it can respond and embrace our common need to find work rewarding, while also allowing us to take pleasure in the beauty of the objects that fill our homes and lives, may be the best option we have in bringing human needs and desires into balance with the rest of the world.

New Store Hours!

Please make note of our new store hours, set by the needs of our loyal customers:

Monday 2:00pm – 6:30pm
Tuesday GONE SAILING :)
Wednesday 12:00pm – 6:30pm
Thursday 12:00pm – 6:30pm
Friday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Sunday GONE FISHING :)
Also available by appointment

Looking for something specific? Be sure to call us at 216-320-9300 and we’ll see what we can do for you!