5 places for great home décor in Istanbul
1) Hiç Contemporary Crafts
This shop, opened by interior designer Emel Güntaş, features one-of-a-kind home décor objects from passionate artisans and designers from all over Turkey and further east. The collection includes colourful Turkish coffeepots with wooden handles, hand-printed and illustrated silk scarves, ceramics with Islamic calligraphy and pillows with traditional Anatolian designs.
2) Space Cactus
Enter into a world of cacti and succulents that have been collected since the 1980s from Bodrum and the areas around it. A real paradise of green, this botanic boutique also sells ceramics, floral art and other design objects meant to add a natural touch to one’s home.
3) Neslihan Algünerhan
You’ll only be able to see this Istanbul textile designer’s collection of table cloths, runners and napkins, handcrafted through natural dye printing, by contacting her through Instagram and making an appointment. Neslihan’s inspiration is nature, which is clearly reflected in her creations that bear the beauty of flora and fauna.
Founded by architects Muhammet Taşlı and İdil Özbek in 2010, Ham:m is one of the best places in Istanbul to buy modern furniture handmade by local artisans. The Ham:m Nişantaşı shop also features home décor goods from local designers that go quite well with their Scandinavian designinspired furniture.
5) 3 Things on an Island
A tiny concept shop on the laidback and car-free Burgaz island with colourful handmade ceramics, decorative silk pillows, botanic-print clutches and natural beauty products. Make sure to ask about their monthly arts and crafts workshops.
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