Here's how to find the perfect Turkish carpet in Istanbul
Selecting the perfect Turkish carpet or kilim is like finding the perfect partner. Like fish in the sea, there are plenty to choose from! Eventually you will experience love at first sight and find the "one" you’ve been looking for, but of course this process takes time—especially if you’re fussy about looks. Be reassured though, with some patience, you will find that perfect carpet you can proudly take home under your arm and show off to family and friends.
With this in mind, you need a carpet seller who will listen to your needs, appreciate your tastes, and avoid pressuring you to choose the wrong one. Noah’s Ark Carpets in Sultanahmet are the sellers I trust. Yusuf and Hamza make the whole buying experience hassle-free and fun and because of this, I’ve bought three carpets from them for myself and for friends in Australia. Noah's Ark can also arrange door to door international post if you’re concerned about the weight of your luggage.
The store is recommended by National Geographic Traveler and Vogue (so don’t just take my word for it). Drop in and see the guys and enjoy a glass of çay while browsing their beautiful collection of carpets and kilims from Turkey and surrounding countries. Before leaving, ask to see their magic flying carpet—it will impress.