With a history stretching back as far as recorded history, Istanbul is an irresistible draw for antiquities hunters. The choice is almost limitless from traditional Turkish crafts to fine European furniture. Browsing is also great treat. Shop owners are always ready to elaborate on the history of their goods.
Well known antique dealers such as Portakal, de Péra and Antik Palace organize auctions from time to time, which are worth attending even if you don't have any intention to buy.
For those who want to combine their love of antiques and carpets, Ala Turca in Çukurcuma features an impressive, hand-selected cache of very expensive pieces.
For those with eclectic tastes in antiques, Ziya Aykac in the Grand Bazaar satisfies your desire for collectible antique silver, fabrics, ceramics, and more. Sofa in Cagaloglu deals in old maps, vintage jewelry, and ceramics. Chalabi in Nisantasi has something for everyone, with a variety of antique pieces, paintings, Ottoman furniture, and porcelains.
Please note that: Explicit authorization is needed for the purchase and/or removal of Turkish antiquities and other cultural artifacts. A receipt and the official "museum export certificate" are needed to legally export such an item.
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