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In Turkey, A Home Layered with Prints, Colors and Kilims

by Lauren Chorpening Day

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

 

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Nez and Yasin's living room is an expansive space with a sitting area, a weaving area, a reading area and a place to eat.
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Nez, Suel (18 months), Selin (5 years) and Yasin Kaya in their bright living room.
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Rugs are used to divide up space in this multipurpose room.
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"My love for different styles, colors, cultures and textiles moved me. My husband did not interfere with anything! He supported [all of my] ideas and I am endlessly thankful for that," Nez says.
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"My handmade looms arrived a few days ago and I am so excited to have them in my home. A few more lessons and I will start my own rug," Nez shares.
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Nez's use of layered patterns is impeccable. "I do not know how to answer questions like 'what is the style of your home interior?' Or 'What made you choose this or that idea?' I just was doing what I saw in my head and felt in my heart. Colors of our home add joy to our life and handmade, old, precious pieces around me make me feel so special...this is the true happiness," Nez says.
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The reading corner of the living room brings in beautiful, natural wood tones.
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"I am thankful to God first of all for patience and strength to overcome many hard episodes of our life and showed us [the] true way. I am thankful to my husband who always said 'yes' [to] any of my ideas about decorating and for being so patient with me. And I am thankful for the energy that our home is giving to us, and to all who ever become our guest," Nez says.
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The hallway connecting the living room, television room and kitchen isn't neglected. Kilims are everywhere in the Kaya home.
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"The kitchen is my favorite part! I spend most of my time here and work here, too, on my laptop when everyone is sleeping! I am living now in a few different time zones," Nez says.
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Nez and Yasin met as pen pals and now have built a life, a family, a business and a home together.
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Nez's love for all things vintage and handmade has created quite a collection of one-of-a-kind pieces in their home.
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The kitchen is large and inviting. The two-tone cabinets, vintage rug and tiles, and copper accessories create a perfect mix of old and new.
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Nez picked out these vintage tiles for the backsplash. They are her favorite part of the entire design of the house.
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The TV room is where they spend most of their time as a family. Its comfy furniture and fun color palette makes the room a favorite.
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"All of our rooms have a lot of colors, many handmade objects, rugs - of course - and anything that we need in our modern life," Nez says.
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The architectural details of the home are charming complements to the rest of the design.
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Nez and Yasin's master bedroom is a bold blue with layered patterns.
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The sitting area is a place for Nez and Yasin to rest and reflect on their busy days, selling amazing pieces around the world.

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Comments

  • I LOVE Kayakilims – I’m lucky enough to have purchased a rug from the amazing Nez for my bedroom (after finding Kayakilims through their amazing IG account) and it seriously makes me smile every time I look at it, a year later. Thanks, Design Sponge, for showing us their lovely home and thanks, Nez and Yasin, for sharing it and your amazing rugs with the world!!

  • This home exudes warmth and joy. I very much enjoyed both the photos and Nez’s words. I’d love to go to Turkey someday. This tour reminded me of why.