Thursday, December 24, 2009

May the joy of this holiday season fill your home with happiness.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2010!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Textile and Jewelry Sale on Friday December 11th

Join Hayko and LM Designs for a Textile and Jewelry Sale on Friday December 11th from 4pm till close!
At Hayko's Restoration 857 Lexington Avenue at 65th St, New York, NY 10065
Hayko will be selling his beautiful textiles and will be showcasing amazing carpet pillows from his extensive collection.
LM Designs will be selling her jewelry creations that are based on vintage Central Asian silver pendants sourced from the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, Turkey. Byzantine-inspired earrings, hand-crafted in gold, silver and bronze will also be featured during the sale.

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Cici McNair, P.I.
the author of the best-seller DETECTIVES DON'T WEAR SEATBELTS.
Join us Wednesday, December 2nd, from 6 to 8pm
at Hayko's, 857 Lexington Avenue. (betw. 64th and 65thStreets)
Languidly lie on tribal rugs and drink wine at thescene of the crime.
Meet Hayko, the romantic Armenian from Istanbul, who is a character inthis fast-paced memoir of a female P.I.
The first Wednesday after Thanksgiving is a time to be festive, tocelebrate the holiday season!
Exquisite rugs, pillows, and autographed books make fabulousChristmas presents!
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for more information about the book, go to
P.O. Box 3763
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Tel/Fax 215-739-2888
Cell 917-691-4743

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving for you and your family.

Hayk Oltaci

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

James Opie: Stories from the Carpet Trade: A Life in Dealing and Collecting Rugs.

James Opie

After learning about tribal and village rugs in Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan, James Opie recorded what he learned in two major books: Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia (1981) and Tribal Rugs: Village and Nomadic Weavings of the Near East and Central Asia (1992.) This second book, considered the standard work on its subject, has been translated for Italian, French, and German editions.

James' deep interest in the origin of the oldest tribal rug motifs led to years of scholarly work. However, he also writes lighter pieces, based on his travels and on memorable individuals he has met. As important as the rugs, the "objects" have been for him, the people were even more important. This, he says, is what draws him to "Hayko's." His articles and other writings have appeared in HALI, Oriental Rug Review, Parabola,Material for Thought, Gurdjieff International Review, The New Yorker, and Utne Reader.

A popular lecturer, his only appearance in New York is at "Hayko's," as a means of lending support to an Oriental rug store that James refers to as "his very favorite in New York." His remarks on Thursday, November 19 will focus on individuals, unusual situations, and lessons learned in the course of a life devoted to the art, the culture, and the commerce of Oriental rugs.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Labor Day Sale

Labor Day Sale

HAYKO Fine Rugs and Tapestries is extending a special invitation to our customers this Labor Day.

After going through our extensive inventory of Decorative and Antique rugs, we must make room for newly- acquired pieces from a recent buying trip.

For a limited time, we would like to give our costumers the opportunity to purchase a fine oriental rug for a very reasonable price.

If you have thought of buying a quality oriental rug THIS IS THE TIME !

During the first week of September, HAYKO Fine Rugs and Tapestries will be

entertaining reasonable offers on all items in our inventory.

· Persian

· Turkish

· Chinese

· Armenian

· Kilim

· Tribal

· Nomadic

· Pillows

We offer authentic antique rugs as well as brand new selections in your choice of contemporary or antique design.

Our selection is unmatched, ranging from museum-quality to very affordable, and anything in between.

34935 KAZAK 3.2 X 4.2

34935 KAZAK 3.2 X 4.2

Antique Kuba Cloth Pillow

263 Antique Kuba cloth pillow 18 x 24

Antique Quashgai Pillow

078 Quasquai Antique Pillow 19 x 23

We look forward to seeing you soon! Stop in or call for an appointment.

857 Lexington Avenue . New York . 212-717-5400 .

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Rug Weaving Circle!

Rug Weaving Circle is on-going and is held every Wednesday from 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Get together for working on your new and old projects. You must have previously been enrolled in my Beginners Rug Weaving class.

Price: $25.00

Additional materials available at nominal cost.


Classes will take place at HAYKO Fine Rugs and Tapestries

( located at

857 Lexington Ave near 65th St. 2nd Floor

TO REGISTER, please contact

HAYK OLTACI at 212-717-5400

The Ancient Art of Rug Weaving

Hayko Oltaci, with more than 30 years' expertise gained in rug and tapestry ateliers of Istanbul, Strasbourg, Paris and New York, welcomes you to visit him and his staff at his shop at 857 Lexington Avenue, New York City. You will be welcomed with a cup of Turkish Coffee (please don't spill it on the rugs!) and you can learn a lot just by having a casua chat with Mr. Oltaci, who prefers to be called simply Hayko.

This is easily the friendliest place of its kind in New York -- and also one of the most knowledgeable. Hayko is himself a master craftsman who understands oriental rugs and tapestries down to the last stitch. And his many loyal clients over the years say that his absolute integrit and honest dealings also distinguish him.

Hayko works closely with museums nd with serious collectors. But he cherishes the chance to educate and advise people new to the art of appreciating fine rugs and tapestries. Although one of his rugs was sold at auction at Christies for $140,000, many pieces of exceptional quality are surprisingly affordable, for a little as $250.

An interesting point: Virtually all fine rugs actually increase in value, unlike most furnishings. "But you should buy a rug because you fall in love with it," Hayko says.

It is fun to browse around in this friendly, welcoming and stress-free atmosphere. Please stop by -- no appointment is needed. If and when you decide to acquire a fine rug or tapestry, Hayko can guide you in making an informed decision. If you are just getting ideas at present, come on in and enjoy the cofee while you look at the splendid array.

Check out Hayko in Ritz-Carlton magazine!

Read Hayko's latest review from The Franklin Report!

Monday, August 3, 2009

JUST ADDED TO our Summer sale!

Dear Followers -

We have recently put together a beautiful collection of Persian Gabbeh rugs which are available to you now at Hayko.

These pieces are wonderful folk art for use in your home or office.We have a variety of patterns and colors - some colorful and whimsical, some sparse and using undyed wool in brown and ivory.

#873 2'2"" x 4'7" Camels

Gabbeh translates to "long-pile" rug. The people who wove these rugs are from the sub-groups of the Lori and Quasquai tribes in Iran. They are nomadic and use horizontal looms crudely- fashioned and might have literally picked- up "stakes" during the weaving, then resettled to finish the weaving. This can explain the charming irregularities you may encounter in some of the pieces! The rugs are easy to weave and would allow women to make a living while staying close to their families.

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The pieces we have selected pre-date 1960.They are less commercial than the modern production of today. Traditionally,the sizes are of a small format, not large room-sized carpets. We have a range of sizes up to 5' x 8'.Traditionally, these rugs were made to be used by the people who wove them with little thought of a western market. Today, these rugs work beautifully in a modern or traditional setting and are sought after by decorators.

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#863 3.9 X 6.1 Tree of Life

857 Lexington Avenue . New York . 212-717-5400 .

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Summer Sale!

Dear Followers -

Hayko Fine Rugs and Tapestries is announces our Summer Sale!

We are preparing our showroom for the arrival of the new pieces coming in the fall - there's never been a better time to purchase one of our amazing rugs!

Have you had your eye on a favorite rug for a long time, but have been waiting for the "right time" to make a purchase? It's now the right time! we've never offered such tremendous deals in the history of our establishment.

A vast selection of rugs at never-before seen prices awaits you at Hayko. We have something to suit everyone's tastes, including:

  • Persian
  • Turkish
  • Chinese
  • Armenian
  • Kilim
  • Tribal
  • Nomadic

We offer authentic antique rugs as well as brand new selections in your choice of contemporary or antique design.

Our selection is unmatched, ranging from museum-quality to very affordable, and anything in between.

Our sale starts today and ends August 31 - but you'll want to come in soon for the best selection.because at these prices, our showroom is going to be cleaned out for fall very quickly.




LOURI 5.7 X 11.5


JAF KURD   3.7 X 7.2

JAF KURD 3.7 X 7.2

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Antique Oriental Rug Repair and Rug Restoration Services by an Armenian Craftsman

Welcome! You have come to the website of HAYKO, one of the top authorities on fine rugs & tapestries in the world. His workshop and showroom at 857 Lexington Avenue (at 65th Street) in New York City contains some of the finest examples of the ancient art of weaving to be found anywhere, in all price ranges from museum quality pieces worth hundreds of thousands, to lovely one-of-a-kind rugs for as little as a few hundred dollars...

You can learn a lot just by having an informal chat with Hayk Oltaci. You may be surprised to learn that despite his friendly, welcoming and low-key manner, Hayko, as he likes to be called, is among the foremost experts of fine rugs and tapestries in the world.

"Hayko is such a nice guy, it's really hard to realize sometimes that he's a world authority," says one of his long-time clients.

Anyone who has ever visited the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul - that maze of a tent city overflowing with all the riches of the Orient, including finely wrought copper, brass, silks, and of course oriental rugs - will feel right at home in Hayko's cosy atelier.

Up a narrow staircase, through the door, and suddenly you are surrounded not only by an abundance of rugs hanging on all the walls from floor to ceiling; you'll find yourself enveloped in that wonderful aroma of natural wool yarns, a delicious scent that makes you feel almost as if you've been transported to the heart of the ancient section of Istanbul.

The space is divided into two parts of equal size. Toward the front are rugs of all kinds and shapes and sizes, hanging, rolled up, leaning against the walls, and piled on one another.

The back half of the space is a large, pleasant workroom where the skilled weavers are hard at work doing their invisible magic restoring one rug for a museum and another for an American family whose name is a household word.

One of the artisans is a woman of middle age from Tibet, with a warm smile and a few words of English. Nearby are a stunningly beautiful young woman from Afghanistan, and her Armenian friend. Everyone looks up and smiles. Hayko slips easily into their language and back into English, then speaks in French on the telephone, and answers a question in English for a visitor.

When you are here, you feel almost as if you've been away on a wonderful journey, and going back outside into the hustle and bustle of Lexington Avenue and 65th Street is almost a bit of a shock.

~ Be sure to check out our rug weaving classes. ~

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A special concert to honor Hayko and to show off his carpets!

Hayko's beautiful store has hosted many wonderful music performances and events over the past three years (complete with Hayko's famous coffees and teas!).

Now, EIGHT of the musicians who've played at Hayko's are putting on a special concert to tell everyone about the store and its beautiful rugs.


This large event is designed to increase Hayko's profile, get the word out about his carpets, and get some media attention for his store in the process.


*Each person who attends shall also be entered into a drawing to win an authentic antique Turkish Carpet from Hayko's, valued near $1,000.00!


The musicians on the bill have all played during the Intimate Nights of Music series at Hayko's store, and are now returning the favor by donating their talents for this intimate night of living room-style music... in other words, candle-lit and unplugged!

  • Jessica Lee - amazing vocalist w/ 5-piece pop band
  • Noe Venable - hypnotic vocalist and instrumentalist
  • Jason Vitelli - bluesy multi-instrumentalist
  • Rich Casella - the guitar wizard
  • Bobby Kane - alternative soul
  • Kitch - stunning male/female duo
  • Phil Robinson - singer/songwriter w/harmonica
  • JJ Bang - Korean pop star
  • Katie Letts - 5-piece southern/blues band

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REFER someone to Hayko's and EARN a 5% COMMISSION!

Any referral which leads to the sale of a carpet earns a 5% commission. With carpet prices ranging from $500.00 to $20,000.00, a 5% commission can be QUITE A LOT of money!


The META Center (which holds 135 people) is committed to the arts and creativity scene in NY and has DONATED the use of their large and luxurious space to help us honor Hayko's!! For this evening, the center will be decorated with Hayko's carpets and lit by candle for the night of the performance.

An Intimate Night-- The META Center requests that people take off their shoes upon entering their main floor space where our event will be held.

Subway Directions:
4 Blocks Directly South from PENN STATION


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If you come to one event this year, please make it this one !!

(And bring as many of your friends as you can-- we're aiming for a turnout of 120 people!)


Hayko, you've blessed our lives by hosting countless inspiring nights of warm community and creativity at your unique and special venue (not to mention your complimentary Turkish Tea at every event!)...

Of course we'll all be there for this special concert in your honor!