Istanbul Rug Bazaar is a local business that has been serving customers for more than 20 years at its location on NW 23rd Avenue in Portland. We migrated to Portland from our homeland of Anatolia, Turkey. Babik (pronounced “baw-bik”) is the ancient name of our homeland—located in the Kurdish region of Anatolia—referring to “land of Grandfather.” Babik is a town with many sheep farmers, the sheep’s wool has supported our family for thousands of years. Because sheep are such a vital part of our family’s well-being, they are treated with much respect and raised naturally on organic farms.
The beautiful carpets and kilims from nearby regions are woven with symbols that tell tales and histories of people. These bring back memories of home, where weavers like my mother and grandmother put their heart into their work, and their works of art adorned each room. My most treasured memories are of family gatherings for dinner around the hand-woven sofra.
We offer off-street parking at our store on NW 23rd Avenue—visit us and browse our wonderful rugs for yourself. May your selection bring you memories in your home that you can treasure for a lifetime!