Questions and Answers

Q: What was your occupation and lifestyle in your native country Turkey?

A: I was a student, hoping to study economics. But restoring antique rugs was an interest for me from an early age. My grandfather gave me a beautiful Turkish rug. I was a teenager, 17 years old. It was a Turkish rug from Konya Ladik region, a prayer rug. There was a hole and selvage was missing, and the border on the side was missing. We knew a repair man and we sent it to him. Three months later, we got it back. My heart was broken, it was horrible what he did to it.

He put patches on the holes and cut the original selvage off. It looked like a cheap machine-made rug. This rug had been a beautiful work of art, like a great painting. Now it was ruined by bad repair.

I knew at that moment I wanted to help save these great works of art from my country in the future.

Q: Did you come to NYC alone or were you accompanied by someone? Who joins you living here in NYC?

A: I came to the United States 20 years ago with my wife, two suitcases, and $200. Now we have two beautiful intelligent girls, 18 and 14.

Q: What led up to your leaving your native country to come to NYC?

A: I was 19 years old, I asked my father if I could live in Strasbourg in France, to study economics and learn to speak French. He said yes. After living 10 years in France I came to New York in 1988.

Q: How do you size up your experience so far living in a city such as NYC?

A: What I did in New York I wasn’t able to accomplish in France or my native country Turkey. Because of Americans, Americans are the most wonderful people in the world. America is truly the land of opportunity.

Q: Please share a scary, unusual, funny or challenging story that illustrates your experience coming here and living here.

A: Most people have a story like that. In my case when I came to America, I was going to live in California . In the first week I found a job here in New York; I never went to California.

For the first five years I worked for my boss Berg Andonian, a very well-known antique Caucasian Rug dealer. Five years later I opened my store in the Chelsea Antique Building and for the first time I started to serve the public. Then I moved to my current location, at Lexington Avenue and 65th Street.

Q: Talk a little bit about your products and services.

A: Some of the finest rugs in the world are in my shop. I help people understand their value and how to care for them. I also advise them on how to choose the rug that will be exactly right for them. We work closely with clients, both people who own museum-quality pieces and people who are considering acquiring a rug or tapestry for the first time.

And of course we do restoration for major museums and serious collectors. You never know what you will find here. I had a Mogul Pashmina rug sold for $6,000, and six months later I saw in the Sotheby’s auction catalog an estimate of $250,000-$350,000. It sold privately after the auction for $140,000.. This shows you that absolutely amazing bargains sometimes happen.

Q: Why should someone buy antique oriental rugs?

A: Let me tell you, the reason to have rugs like this is because they are fabulous works of art, one of a kind. They transform a room into something special and unique. If you buy a machine made rug, in a few years it’s worth less money than you paid for it.

If you buy a genuine antique tribal or oriental rug, not only will it look beautiful in your home and be a joy to look at every passing year, but I know of cases where a person bought a rug for relatively little money and the rug in short time increased in value. But I think you shouldn’t buy an antique rug because it will increase in value, but rather because you love it.

Your home is an extension of yourself. The things you choose to have in you home say a lot about you. When I see a room with real antique oriental rugs or tapestries, I know the person who lives here has a certain level of education, of sophistication in the best sense of the word — that is, this person is familiar with things of great beauty and value in the world.

The good thing about antique rugs is that they go beautifully with every style of furniture. You can have very modern or highly traditional furniture and it will be made better by an antique oriental rug or tapestry.

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RUGS

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Kirshehir
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Karabagh
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Bergama
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Karadja
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Shirvan
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Gashgai
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Kazak
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Kazak Sevan
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Ferahan
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Beluch
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Savannorie English
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Bakhtiyar
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Kazak
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Shirvan Star
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Afshar
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Kazak
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Kazak
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Yamoud
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Beluch Minakhani
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Beluch
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Konya Karapinar
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Karabagh
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Beluch
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Anatolia
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Anatolia
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Gabbeh
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Karaja
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Anatolia
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Turcoman
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Karabagh
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Kazak
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Luri
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Karaja
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Karabagh
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Kurdish
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Afshar
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Kurdish-Persian
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Bakshaish
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Beluch
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Kurdish
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Beluch
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Shirvan
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Senna
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Khamseh
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Afghan
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Turcoman
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Beluch Prayer
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Lilihan
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Meshed
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Isfahan
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Ersari Afghan
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Anatolian
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Gabbeh
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Gabbeh
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Gabbeh
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About Company

With more than 30 years experience gained in the leading ateliers of Istanbul, Strasbourg, Paris and New York, Hayko is one of the most genuinely knowledgeable experts in fine oriental rugs and tapestries in the world.

Hayko understands the subject down to the last knot. Widely respected both for his personal integrity and for the quality of his rugs and tapestries, Hayko works closely with museums and serious collectors, many of whom return to him again and again. But he especially enjoys helping new collectors find their first one-of-a-kind rug, and cherishes the chance to educate and advise people new to the art of appreciating fine rugs and tapestries.

You can buy a rug simply because you feel a special connection with it, Hayko says. “Fine rugs and tapestries are works of art; no two are alike. Each is as individual as a beautiful painting or sculpture. When you find the right one for you, it’s almost like falling in love.”

Today, Hayko’s shop at 9-20 35th Avenue (at Long Island City) in Astoria is easily the most welcoming place of its kind in New York – you can browse, ask any question, and get a lot of interesting information as you look around in an easy, stress-free environment.

Hayko encourages you to come by for a homemade cup of Turkish Coffee and a look around his showroom. You can learn more about Hayko in this interview.

What Hayko’s clients say:

Hayko’s loyal clients – some bought their first rug or tapestry more than two decades ago from him – say that Hayko is greatly distinguished by his absolute integrity and honest dealings with everyone.

“As I became able to afford more expensive pieces, I have always returned to Hayko. I wouldn’t think of going to anyone else. Hayko is a true gentleman, and absolutely honest. He once actually told me not to pay as much as I was prepared to pay for a rug because it wasn’t as good an example of its kind as I wanted. I have become what you might call a serious collector, and Hayko has guided me every step of the way.”

Another client, who just bought her first oriental rug last year, said “I have a very small budget. Hayko helped me find a stunningly beautiful small rug that has transformed my studio apartment. It only cost me what going out to dinner a few times would cost, and now I’ve got this gorgeous oriental rug to look at every day. And Hayko said it will actually increase in value as time goes by.”

What you can expect:

It’s fun to browse around Hayko’s shop in this friendly, unpressured atmosphere. If and when you decide to acquire a fine rug or tapestry, Hayko can guide you in making an informed decision. If you’re just getting ideas for now, that’s fine too.

Glorious rugs and tapestries from ancient Persia, Kilims, The Caucases, Turkey, China, Armenia and the Nomadic Tribes of the Middle East are ready for your visit to Hayko. One of his rugs was sold at auction at Christies for $140,000.00, yet many other pieces of exceptional quality are surprisingly affordable, selling for as little as $250.00.

Please come by. Call us or just stop in.

We look forward to seeing you!