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Mehmet Cetinkaya Gallery

Ancient embroideries and modern ideas

Renowned textile expert and gallerist, Mehmet Cetinkaya, and his team of weavers, dyers, and embroiderers use centuries-old techniques and traditional tools to make colorful hats, kaftans, and tapestries. As a graduate of the Belgian Royal Academy, where he studied art and graphic design, Cetinkaya uses his considerable artistic talents and historical knowledge to envision an adventurous mix of ancient and multicultural patterns and motifs, woven and embroidered using natural dyes and fibers.

Research plays a huge part in Cetinkaya’s work. Poring over great artworks from museums and books, he explores the aesthetic terrains of Central Asia, Anatolia, and the Caucasus for inspiration. Informed by these ancient motifs, the collective’s artists make elegantly patterned and exquisitely colorful textiles suitable for the home–such as cushions and elaborate wall hangings–as well as items for personal wear, like shawls and traditional silk hats. No matter the item, patterns used are traditional and range from geometric motifs to floral designs.