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Elegance Rug Galery

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Address: Yerebatan Caddesi No. 46-48, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 212 514 4379
Today
09:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description:

The Masters Collection is a collaboration between iconic modern architects...

The Masters Collection is a collaboration between iconic modern architects and rural Afghan weavers. This unique collection elegantly embodies the marriage of high design and traditional techniques.

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Beware - be alert and be savvy.....enjoy the ride

I didn't buy a rug but was harassed for an hour or so. The young man who attached himself to me outside the Blue Mosque was very smooth. A great guide showed me all the sights in... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 August 2015
Bellebythesea
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Sydney, Australia
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015

My wife and I are alert to the various scamming carpet shops which spoil the reputation of Istanbul and the generally kind and genuine Turkish people - and this one is the worst by far. A super-smooth and super-sleazy tout in his early 30s and who seemed to have something wrong with one of his eyes (twitching and cross-eyed 0... More 

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4 Thank Pablo D
Memphis, Tennessee
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

Stay far away from this place. There is absolutely NO doubt that they will cheat you. This place is a complete scam. They are completely dishonest! If you see this store, then turn around and run away. You will be far better off if you do. THERE IS NOTHING GOOD ABOUT THIS PLACE!!

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4 Thank Michael F
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2015

I didn't buy a rug but was harassed for an hour or so. The young man who attached himself to me outside the Blue Mosque was very smooth. A great guide showed me all the sights in and around around Sultanamet with commentary for a few hours and did tell me his family had a shop, that he would like... More 

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2 Thank Bellebythesea
Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

The store now known as the Sedir Art Gallery was a great part of my trip to Istanbul. After reading some of the other reviews, I felt I needed to report. Of course, they have people hawking for tourists in front of Hagia Sophia, but most of the businesses do. If you go to Istanbul, you must expect to have... More 

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Thank Sarah S
Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2015

Now the name of the shop is SEDIR ART GALLERY !!! But the same scam . A friendly man talks to you in the street. Invites you to drink a tea in the shop. Goes with you to the shop and dissapears. Than starts the scam

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5 Thank nietepieter
San Luis Obispo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2014

This company has changed its name but you can recognize it from the photo. If you buy, definitely pay with American Express or other card that will back you up in case of a problem. I'd also recommend shopping around especially in non-tourist locations. This company tried to lure me into a tax avoidance scheme ostensibly to save them export... More 

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5 Thank AlanSanLuisObispo
Crieff, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2014

I can guarantee they will rip you off. If they say the rug is antique, it will not be. Whatever you pay for the rug, it's true value will be a fraction of what you paid. Sit down and accept apple tea, and you need a very strong personality to be able to at best, walk out. They will take... More 

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3 Thank William H
Winnipeg, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

They will use dishonest ways to get your money, I am still waiting for solutions to a very bad experience buying several carpets No respect, no sympathy, they have your money and please go away. Scams galore, horribly inflated prices, get out and stay away, visit other shops. They will ignore E-mails, police should shut this store, so close to... More 

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4 Thank Philippe S
Townsville, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

Like a number of other contributors I had a terrible experience at Elegance. They were lovely and kind, I foolishly thought: endless cups of tea, lunches, dripping charm. The credit cards were produced. I did not keep watch on what was happening. I was stunned when I got back to Australia to discover the amounts which had been extracted. I... More 

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12 Thank james_ridewood48
Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

Please do not go near this place, they are total scammers. don't be fooled by the salesman and for God's sake don't buy a carpet unless you actually know something about them. these guys have touts in front of Hagia Sophia to lure in the gullible, I was netted in, but could see through their little game, if you cannot... More 

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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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