Günşiray’s utterly unique antique collection is a treasure trove built up over decades of tireless searching and sifting through the forgotten relics of several countries. Her shop is small and full to bursting with beautiful objects accumulated since 1988 (when the shop opened, although her search stretches beyond this to her life-long love of antiques).
Günşiray herself grew up and lived all over Europe, but returned to her native Turkey to fuel her antique-centered wanderings. She has trawled through the country picking up forgotten pieces like old kilims, vases, jewelry and clothing as well as her particular objects of passion - Anatolian art and Ottoman architectural pieces such as fountains, doors, columns, earthenware jars and ceiling centerpieces.
Other items in her store range from elegant couches and shimmering chandeliers to Turkish coffee sets and liqueur bottles to vases and antique Ottoman style slippers and hats - mostly from French, Far East or Ottoman designs.
Besides her lovely shop, Aslı also designs personal and commercial spaces. Unlike most interior decorators, she pays attention to every functional detail and decorates them with oriental and modern accents. Visit her shop to get a taste of her style and make enquiries if you’re looking for interior decoration help, or to feast on all the treasures on display, and maybe take some home!
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