ABOUT US

Our aim is to provide the finest quality tribal, village and urban carpets at the best possible prices. Woven History opened its doors on December 1, 1995 at 311 7th Street, SE, next to the historic Eastern Market, seven blocks from the US Capitol. Mehmet Yalcin, the proprietor, had been selling at the Eastern Market since 1986.

QUALITY

In order to fully appreciate and evaluate the quality of our collection, we recommend that you visit our store in person. We do not recommend to judge any rug via a photograph, but rather to feel the quality of the wool, see the workmanship, and the quality of the colors.

LOCATION

Woven History and Silk Road are conveniently located on Market Row, next to the historic Eastern Market on Capitol Hill. It is in these two shops that we try to bring the world to Capitol Hill, our nation’s neighborhood.

311-315 7th Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
MORE ABOUT US

Woven History & Silk Road – Two Treasures, One Gate through which one enters this Shop of Unity that offers an exceptionally rich and ever-expanding gallery of weavings, textiles, gift items, antiques, furniture and collectibles from along the Silk Road, the oldest-known trade road. Silk Road side offers over two hundred different items from Turkey, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Macedonia, Iran, Armenia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tadjikistan, Kyrgystan, Kazakstan, Nepal, Tibet, Sikkim, Bhutan, India, Mongolia and China.

Woven History produces some of the finest vegetable dyed, hand spun wool, tribal, village, oriental and urban rugs in the world at its own looms, working with Tibetan refugees in Nepal, and Afghan refugees in Pakistan, with the hope of reviving dying arts and crafts while helping refugees help themselves, countering child labor in the carpet industry and providing finest carpets at the best prices. The Tibetans who oversee our looms in Nepal are one of the founding fathers of Rugmark.

Mehmet Yalcin, the proprietor, frequently travels along the Silk Road and visits the looms, villages, bazaars, and tribal groups. There he purchases one of a kind, collectible weavings, including rugs, kilims, sumaks, saddle bags, grain bags, salt bags, arrow bags, cicims, vernes and other textiles. Mehmet feels that hand-selecting the items he imports is the key to consistently ensure the quality of his merchandise. Sometimes several hundred rugs must be carefully viewed in order to pick only two or three pieces. These two shops also serve as cross-roads for people who have any interest in Central Asia, while serving as a cultural center by sponsoring various events to serve the Capitol Hill community, our nation’s neighborhood, and beyond!

APPRAISING, REPAIRING, CLEANING, AND ACQUIRING

We offer appraising and have our in-house repairman. We take antique carpets to Istanbul for restoration, where master restorers do the restoration. Additionally, we do our own cleaning in the traditional manner. We also buy and sell.

NEW SHIPMENTS

Woven History and Silk Road receive shipments several times a year from different parts of the World. And we just recieved new shipment from Afghanistan.

CUSTOM DESIGN

Woven History offers you the possibility to apply your creativity. We offer custom design so long as we are provided with the design, size, color combination and quality desired. However, as it is, we do have something for everyone at any time at Woven History.

WHOLESALE

We also wholesale. Since we produce, import, and wholesale, we do not deal with middlemen or suppliers. This makes our prices more competitive. Please contact us!

PROJECTS

IN PAKISTAN

Woven History’s projects in Pakistan involve Turkmen, Uzbek, Hazara, and Tadjik refugees, all of whom are from Afghanistan. These people are, historically, some of the finest weavers. We provide the materials (wool, dyes, etc.,) designs, color combinations, sizes, and quality. Most of the designs are traditional, which we revive, including the Pazyryk, the oldest known carpet in history, fragments of which now reside in The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. We also produce designs from the outside. Although we have an exceptional selection, we will also accept special orders.

PROJECTS

IN NEPAL

At our looms in Nepal we produce some of the finest Tibetan carpets in 60 knot (per square inch) and 100 knot quality. Hand-spun, hand-carded, hand-combed Himalayan wool is used, which is all vegetable dyes, hence these carpets are hand-washable. The designs are traditional, some of which we revive.

We also introduce designs from the outside, such as the arts and crafts designs by William Morris. Our non-traditional Himalayan village design rugs are very popular. Village and life in the village is depicted on these carpets. Some of them will have the name or initials of the weaver with a date, as well as other writings in Tibetan or Nepalese.
PROJECTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Woven History has a large selection of old and new rugs, kilims, cicims, saddle bags (heybes), feed bags (boleshes), traditional Central Asian silk overcoats (chopans), needle-work from the Ferghana Valley in Uzbekistan (suzanies), and wheat-bags (chuvals). Additionally, we have the largest collection of Caucasian sumacs (double-stitched, hand-embroidered rugs), suzanies, pillow cases. We specialize in finest quality vegetable-dyed tribal, village and urban rugs, which are new, however, we also have a large selection of antique and semi-antique carpets.Woven History has a large selection of old and new rugs, kilims, cicims, saddle bags (heybes), feed bags (boleshes), traditional Central Asian silk overcoats (chopans), needle-work from the Ferghana Valley in Uzbekistan (suzanies), and wheat-bags (chuvals). Additionally, we have the largest collection of Caucasian sumacs (double-stitched, hand-embroidered rugs), suzanies, pillow cases. We specialize in finest quality vegetable-dyed tribal, village and urban rugs, which are new, however, we also have a large selection of antique and semi-antique carpets.

STORE HOURS

Tuesday – Sunday

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Contact Information

311-315 7th Street, SE Washington, DC 20003311-315 7th Street, SE Washington, DC 20003

Phone: (202) 543-1705 E-mail: wovenhi@erols.com