The story of Nakkaş is also the story of Cengiz and Cengiz, who grew up in Istanbul, and began their journey into the world of Turkish rugs when they were both young men. Over the years, they learned the colors, the patterns and the textures; how to distinguish between natural and artificial, between used and antique.
In 1989, they decided to open their own store, “Galeri Cengiz”. Located behind the famous Sultanahmet Mosque in the Arasta Bazaar, they spent 15 years welcoming tourists, both foreign and local, to their shop.
Over time, they developed a reputation for quality and honesty, with returning customers becoming close friends as well. And, with a growing business and international clientele, in 2004 they moved into a new building just behind the Hippodrome on Nakilbent Sokak, and were reborn as Nakkaş.
Nakkaş Halı is home to an incredibly varied collection of over 20,000 carpets and kilims, including antique rugs. In addition to the exclusively hand-woven classic carpets, the collection also includes modern designs created with traditional weaving techniques. While offering traditional Hereke, Konya, Kayseri, Sivas, Bergama and Uşak carpets, Nakkaş also offers one-off custom solutions for architectural projects. Further, Nakkaş is one of a few selected retailers for carpets that have won international design awards, such as the Samsun and Zara rugs that make up part of the Nakkaş Collection.