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Arasta Bazaar, Sultanahmet Istanbul

Ivan Soenderholm 31 July 2005

The Arasta Bazaar in Sultanahmet, IstanbulSituated just besides one of the most important symbols of Istanbul, the Blue Mosque, the Arasta Bazaar has a dignified location. The place also includes Istanbul Mosaic Museum ( Great Palace Museum ) with ancient mosaics from the 6th century.

Most of the shops in the small bazaar are selling Oriental rugs and textiles and the bazaar is absolutely worth visiting for both rug collectors and tourists. 

When I visited the bazaar in July I was lucky to meet Seref Özen, Cocoon, in his Arasta Bazaar shop. Later I visited his second store nearby in Kücük Ayasofia Caddesi - in a four-floor building with a outstanding view to the Blue Mosque from the roof terrace.

Seref Özen, COCOONSeref Özen is an internationally well known dealer and an authority and lecturer on Central Asian textiles.

He has been collector for more than 20 years and has done his passion to his profession as dealer and textile designer the last 8 years.

There are other esteemed dealers in the bazaar - and I should have visited them - but that must wait until I return. And there will be another time - if any city is "CARPET CITY" it is Istanbul.

 

More rug and textile photos:
Cocoon shop in the Arasta Bazaar.jpg
Cocoon shop in Arasta Bazaar
Cocoon design: Felt hats
Cocoon design: Felt hats
Cocoon: Jajim
Jajim (Cocoon)
Cocoon: Uzbek Julkhyr
 Uzbek Julkhyr (Cocoon)

 

Cocoon: Yomud main carpet
Yomud main carpet (Cocoon)
Cocoon: Uzbek silk-embroidery (new - unwashed)
Uzbek silk-embroidery (Cocoon)
 

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