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February 2014
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A la Turca (Kilim House)

Interior of A la Turca © Martin Patternotte

Whether in the former four-story mansion that he built in the heart of the steep neighborhood of Çukurcuma or in his yole (a villa built on stilts in water) in white wood on the banks of the Bosphorus, Erkal Aksoy certainly has a taste for beautiful objects. Countless globes and world maps, old books bound in parchment leather, travel trunks from the time of the Pera Palace and Old Masters from by-gone centuries – all of it comes together to create what looks like the scene of a film. We were invited into these two homes, arranged like a cabinets of curiosities by Erkal – an exquisite host who gladly welcomes visitors into his living room well into the late hours of the night, and chats around a bottle or homemade liquor – or unearths a rare kilim. A great collector of these old carpets (which he sells to well-informed connoisseurs in Çukurcuma), he brought them out still rolled-tied before deploying them in all their color and contemporary aplomb. A journey back to a time of elegance.


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