Best Istanbul Antique Shopping: Çukurcuma

Best Istanbul Antique Shopping: Çukurcuma

March 05, 2013
  • Aslı Günşiray | Photo by Cem Apa
  • Aslı Günşiray | Photo by Cem Apa
  • Ala Turca
  • Modern Tarih | Photo by Elif Savari Kızıl
  • Hakan Ezer

The most lively antique hunting experience, however, lies in Çukurcuma, close to the bustle of Istiklal Caddesi. The store of Aslı Günşiray, another paragon of female elegance, is a definite stop along the sloping cobble stoned paths of this historic neighborhood. One of the most established shops, and open since 1988, Günşiray collects Anatolian art and Ottoman architectural pieces such as fountains, doors, columns, earthenware jars, and ceiling centerpieces as well as elegant couches and shimmering chandeliers, Turkish coffee sets, liqueur bottles, vases, and much more. Çukurcuma Caddesi No. 58-60, Çukurcuma; P: (0212) 252 59 86 

Who Will Fix It?

Antes All types of antique porcelain and ceramics that have undergone damage are brought back to their original state. Sıraselviler Caddesi Yeni Yuva Sokak No. 34A, Cihangir; P: (0212) 252 31 43

Sinan Kılıç The varnish and shellac repair of wooden antique furniture as well as repairs to mother-of pearl inlays is performed here to bring items back to their glossy perfection. Büyük Hamam Sokak Kiroğlu Pasajı No.10, Üsküdar; P: (0216) 334 55 85

Antik Varak Celal Bey deals with the restoration and maintenance of antique gold-leaf frames and mirrors, which are made brand new in the basement atelier. Antik Varak also has a location in Cihangir if you don’t want to cross to the Asian side. Büyük Hamam Sokak Kiroğlu İşhanı No. 6, Üsküdar; P: (0216) 310 69 40 and Ağahamam Sokak No.15A, Cihangir; P: (0536) 547 38 02

Bülent Dönmez If your porcelain had the misfortune of being broken or cracked, this repair shop will put it back together again as if it never happened. Sümbülzade Sokak No. 33, Doğancılar; P: (0216) 310 67 99

Seyfullah Usta Specializing in shellac repair and wood varnishing as well as mother-of-pearl repair to make the old new again. İzzet Paşa Mahallesi Vefa Poyraz Caddesi No. 58/1, Şişli; P: (0212) 224 89 75

More appreciation for the Anatolian and Ottoman is present at Erkal Aksoy’s chic and sophisticated store, A la Turca. Here an exclusive collection of antique carpets and kilims from Anatolia, suzanis, Ottoman embroidery textiles, kaftans and pillows, pottery, ceramics, frames, pieces of furniture, accessories, and more are exhibited. Faik Paşa Yokuşu No. 4, Çukurcuma; P: (0212) 245 29 33

For those with a curiosity for the exotic, Modern Tarih offers art pieces that not only came as far afield as China, Russia, Africa, and Mongolia, but are also mostly over 200 years old. Stunning tapestries, impressively detailed wooden doors and stone gates, as well as regal statues can all be found with an arrangement that exudes an earth-toned museum- like exactitude. Kuloğlu Mahallesi Faik Paşa Caddesi No.19, Çukurcuma; P:  (0212) 292 72 96

Şamdan has been open since 1990 and focuses on European pieces from the 1930s to 1970s such as furniture, lighting, ceramics, statues, and mirrors. A selection of Ottoman and Oriental objects can also be found with an emphasis on the locally produced. Kuloğlu Mahallesi, Altıpatlar Sokak No. 20, Çukurcuma; P:  (0212) 245 44 45 

Specializing in a more traditional style of décor is the store of Hakan Ezer, the man behind some of the interior decoration of the city’s most prominent homes. While a lot of Turkish contemporary art can be found in the showroom, the antique feel is intact in the 15th century Chinese artifacts and Ottoman era statues. Faik Paşa Caddesi No.5, Çukurcuma; P: (0212) 293 95 06 

For more of an antique feel, Serdar Ögecan’s store is the product of years invested in visiting local and international antique fairs to bring back original pieces from the end of the 1800s and beginning of the 1900s. Included in the collection are sitting groups, coffee tables, Sevres Porcelain, chat tables, mirrors, and chandeliers of either Ottoman, French, or Italian descent. Faik Paşa Yokuşu No.21A – 33A, Çukurcuma; P: (0212) 245 93 56 

Taken from the Januay-February 2013 issue


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The Best of Istanbul Antique Shopping: Part III: Mecidiyeköy

The Best of Istanbul Antique Shopping: Part IV: Üsküdar and Kadıköy

The Best of Istanbul Antique Shopping: Part V: Nuruosmaniye and Grand Bazar