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This shop is a Rare Gem

All the goods in this shop are of the highest quality, It is an absolute delight. I purchased a few... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2017
London, United Kingdom
The Columns: A Museum, Gallery and Ruins at one sight!

Read the other reviews, all true. One reviewer quoted "a museum with prices" which is a good way to... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2017
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Kucukayasofya Caddesi Tavukane Sokak No. 7, Istanbul 34122 Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 517 68 08
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

All the goods in this shop are of the highest quality, It is an absolute delight. I purchased a few items & am most pleased with them. I will visit this establishment when I’m next in this city. I have my eyes on a Kilim.

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

Read the other reviews, all true. One reviewer quoted "a museum with prices" which is a good way to describe this store. Two stores actually, each side by side and specializing in slightly different things. You must stop in, just to view the columns in...More

Thank travelershopper
Reviewed 7 January 2017

The friendly, energetic owner is an expert collector of rare, antique and custom-produced textiles from Turkey, the Caucasus and Turkic nations of Central Asia. After many years of exploring I say with conviction that he is is the finest dealer of such goods in Turkey....More

Thank Nick L
Reviewed 30 September 2016

On my way from hotel to Arasta bazaar I stumbled upon this amazing gallery offering stunning selection of top quality carpets, textiles, weavings, embroideries and jewellery. I was truly overwhelmed by plethora of colours, designs and variety of exhibits. An Ottoman style tulip motif table...More

Thank anitak179
Reviewed 10 April 2016

Absolutely stunning collection of rugs and other textiles expertly displayed. You will likely be overwhelmed by the amazing colors and artistry surrounding you when you enter. Really two stores next to each other one concentrating more on rugs and other textiles and the other serving...More

Thank razzbuddy
Reviewed 7 July 2015

I went there to buy some pillows for a friend. I ended up buying some for myself and wish I could have bought more. The people I dealt with were truly wonderful. They were very helpful without being pushy and made my visit truly enjoyable....More

1  Thank floweryflipflops
Reviewed 3 February 2015

In the area behind the Blue Mosque is a treasure trove. I'm a shopper and a decorator. Mehmet Cetinkaya's Gallery, 'The Columns,' is a must see in Istanbul for discerning collectors. It has one of the finest and most interesting collection of unique, affordable middle...More

2  Thank 4419Gulliver
Reviewed 1 November 2014

Fabulous Turkish embroideries and carpets Near Blue Mosque. They support a wonderful women's program to sustain their livelihood as well as their culture.

Thank Elaine S
Reviewed 27 May 2014

My friends had made acquaintance with Mehmet when he travels to the Tribal Arts and Textiles show in San Francisco annually. But there is nothing like being in his actual gallery in Istanbul! The store address is a little hard to find, but it is...More

4  Thank Teri0
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