Istanbul is a paradise for antique collectors. The choice is almost limitless from traditional Turkish crafts to fine European furniture. Browsing is also great treat. Shop owners are always ready to elaborate on the history of their goods. However you may need to have a keen eye to be able to determine if they are real antiques, copies, or just old items.
Well known antique dealers such as Portakal, de Péra and Antik Palace organize auctions from time to time, which are worth attending even if you don’t have any intention to buy.
Please note that: Explicit authorization is needed for the purchase and/or removal of Turkish antiquities and other cultural artifacts. A receipt and the official “museum export certificate” are needed to legally export such an item.
Kadıköy Antikacılar Çarşısı
Kadıköy Antikacılar Çarşısı is located at a multiple story building at the beginning of Moda Caddesi. However many antique dealers have shops at both Moda and Dr. Esat Işık Caddesi and the narrow streets opening to those avenues, such as Tellalzade, Sakız. Many old objects besides antique pieces are available. You may be pleasantly surprised by the wide range of attractive goods!
Old articles become alive in Tellâlzade
Tellâlzade Street in Kadıköy is one of the important places for old articles and antiques. The street, which is over the fish market in Kadıköy Bazaar, has more than fifty shops, small and big ones. Some of these are antique stores gleaming with their elegant decorations; some are old furniture shops mostly having solid wood furniture; and some are shops like flea markets full of various old stuff.
Kadıköy Anılar Antik has three floors. In the store run by Fikret Pekçetin, who is from Moda, Kadıköy, wall-clocks, British-made chests, gramophones, solid oak tables, wooden cupboards and sofa sets are some of the furniture greeting us. Ottoman pieces as well as German, British and French furniture are in considerable amount. “In the period before 1800 this kind of furniture were not used by the Ottoman people. There were divans, floor beds and wardrobe beds. After 1850s, they started using them. From palaces it was passed on to manor houses, summer houses, mansions and,after 1950s, to houses. Before 1950s, wealthy classes in Istanbul bought this kind of furniture, but it is only after 1950s that people use them” says Mr. Pekçetin.
He is actually a collector of clocks. He began collecting clocks years ago and bought everything about them. When his clocks were impossible to keep in his house he rents a storeroom in Horhor Antiques Bazaar. But in time it turns into a store, and he is in Kadıköy for six years. He does not like luxurious stores, and likes people to feel comfortable in coming in. There are furniture here priced nearly between 100 YTL and 3000 YTL. “We give some furniture economic value, and take ones that you consider as of no economic value and get them repaired. Someone –workers, varnishers, salesmen- earn money from this job and the one who buys it uses it for years” he says. All are pieces made by carpenters in small workshops. And they have a kind of romanticism: “I bought a clock 45 years ago and fixed it. It had been waiting in a coal cellar all that time, and it was like talking to me when it started working. Later, when there were a number of them on the wall, they were all like telling different memories. Maybe some of them previously shared the same place but they got separated by different causes, and finally met in this store again. I wonder if they are whispering to each other saying ‘Here we have met again“ says Mr. Pekçetin.
Osmancık Antik is one of the old ones in Tellâlzade. They are in this bazaar for eighteen years. Looking like chock full from outside, there are thousands of objects reaching the ceiling in the store. French and Ottoman objects, accessories, glassware and furniture from between the 18th and 19th centuries… Hundreds of kinds of articles and objects from calligraphy sheets to enlargers, cups and trays… Spending hours seeing all these is very easy. Picked one by one from many houses, prices of these objects change between 20 YTL and 3000 $.
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