Vintage Turkish rugs are in high demand in this long-lasting age of transitional-modern and bohemian design. The right pattern, color palette and texture in a kilim fabric can instantly bring a space to life. In Turkey, these textiles are not just a trend — they are a traditional, symbolic and integral facet of each space.
Nez and Yasin Kaya’s love of vintage rugs started on the day of their engagement when Yasin brought a kilim to Nez’s mother to ask for Nez’s hand in marriage. It grew when Yasin came home one day and announced in excitement that they would start selling rugs together; just as he had done as a boy with his father and grandfather. Now, Nez and Yasin Kaya are the founders of Kaya Kilims, an online store (and Instagram account) that sells gorgeous, handmade vintage textiles. Their successful business has allowed them to become homeowners of a flat large enough for their family and their growing collection of kilims.
When looking for a home, Nez and Yasin walked around each neighborhood in Kayseri, Turkey to determine where they’d like to live with their two daughters, Selin and Suel. When the couple stumbled upon this flat on accident, Nez and Yasin both felt a happiness and peace about the space. They spent time remodeling and designing the home before moving in. The flat’s high ceilings, large windows and hardwood floors make it a perfect backdrop for the remarkable colors, patterns and textures of their stunning kilim rugs and pillows. “Most items in our home are vintage and handmade that I collected from different parts of Turkey,” Nez says. “And of course, rugs are everywhere!”
Nez and Yasin’s home clearly reflects their passion. Their love for these handmade pieces is not about following trends, but living in a space that inspires them. “It is lovely that we all can follow famous designers and learn so many things from them,” Nez says. “But the most beautiful home is the one that also has your own unique ideas, special corners and — most important — things with a story. Point to anything in my home and I will tell [you] something about it. Rugs inspire me. Just look at any of them – so many symbols, so many colors – it is crazy but beautiful how they match one another!” –Lauren