Kağıthane paper shop in Istanbul sells a lot of, well, paper. But the store stocks a far more precious and interesting product: Santimetre‘s handmade porcelain objects for everyday use. I popped into the Nişantaşı branch of the shop last week. I was looking for note cards, which I did not find (they sell every paper novelty imaginable but no practical notecards–go figure!), but I did spot some gorgeous tea glasses, saucers, and cups, as well as a pretty array of plates. If my luggage space wasn’t otherwise spoken for (I have become a Turkish wine mule) I would have bought the whole lot!

The other items in the collection are beautiful. The Turkish coffee pot with olive sprig handle is a work of art. The rakı glasses have my name (and zodiac sign) on them. And the beykoz chalices just beg to be held. The small company is based in Ayvalik on the Aegean coast of Turkey and I plan to make a visit to their showroom this summer. This time, I won’t be packing wine.

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  • Turkish wine?? Please share some recommendations! I’ve had terrible luck navigating the market on my own. thanks!

  • I love Kağıthane – such a cute store, esp. the simit coasters. Great for gifts! Regarding Turkish wine, how do you like Corvus? We are hoping to return to Bozcaada this summer and visit again.

  • I want ALL of it! ceramics are gorgeous and you know what a ceramics freak I am! will have to bring an extra suitcase to Istanbul on our next venture.

  • Dear Parla,
    We are looking forward to seing and even better accommodating you again. This time we shall roast a goatling in a pit dug in the vinyard.
    Inorder to enlarge our capacity by adding an annex ,rooms with batrooms we are waiting for a permit almost since your last visit.
    Best wishes-Rıfat,Kemerbag 29, Bozcaada

  • Katie

    Rifat bey! So nice to hear from you! i really hope to return to bozcaada soon. pit roasted goat sounds amazing! best of luck for the permits!

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