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!

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