After our family migrated from Afghanistan to Istanbul Turkey in 1978 we shortly fell in love with the bazaars that were lit up by colorful lamps at night, the ceramics that decorated the storefronts, and the smell of spices and coffee that filled the air. We wanted to share these treasures with everyone else and that’s how our business was born. We started as a small shop making and selling our own stunning lamps, and intricate ceramics. Now 40 years later we are still making and selling the same high quality products only on a world wide scale. Our stores now contain fashionable purses, shoes, and spice grinders. Our passion is making decorative goods that will bring the experience of traveling the Mediterranean to life in your home.
Turkish art is ancient and can be traced back centuries, Turkish ceramics are known for their bright colors, as well as intricate patterns and they are special because they are beautiful as well as functional. The Turkish coffee and spice grinders have been used for many centuries and they are a staple in Turkish homes. Since they are made of brass not only are they highly decorative but they are also extremely durable.
Istanbul, the center of Turkish glass making is today’s destination. There, during the times of the Seljuk Empire and the Byzantine Empire, they perfected complex processes of glass making and compressed molding that allowed them to make glass products of varied shapes, intense colors, and small sizes. With such material and great creativity, artisans decorated the windows of important buildings and churches; objects like glasses, wineglasses and bottles; jewelry including necklaces and bracelets and, above all, lamps.
The 16th century was the golden age of glass making in Turkey. The articles Ottoman artisans elaborated included vases, containers, carafes, mirrors, perfume bottles, and more.
Some time later, Selim III, sultan of the Ottoman Empire in the late 18th century, a man who promoted Turkish glass artwork, brought glassmakers from France so that they could teach them new glass making techniques. Throughout the centuries, the number of workshops and artisans multiplied until glass artwork became a worldly known industry.