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!