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Elegance Rug Galery

Yerebatan Caddesi No. 46-48, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 514 43 79
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Shameless rip-off from caricature carpet touts

My wife and I are alert to the various scamming carpet shops which spoil the reputation of Istanbul... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2015
Pablo D
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Stay far away from this place. There is absolutely NO doubt that they will cheat you. This place... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2015
Michael F
Memphis, Tennessee
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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.
  • Excellent26%
  • Very good2%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible65%
23 Oct 2015
“Shameless rip-off from caricature carpet touts”
19 Oct 2015
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Yerebatan Caddesi No. 46-48, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 514 43 79
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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...More

5  Thank Pablo D
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...More

5  Thank Michael F
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...More

2  Thank Bellebythebeach
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...More

Thank Sarah S
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...More

7  Thank nietepieter
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...More

8  Thank AlanSanLuisObispo
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...More

5  Thank William H
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,...More

5  Thank Philippe S
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...More

15  Thank james_ridewood48
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...More

12  Thank trippersasia
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
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