Sunday, December 6, 2009


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

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.

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.

gabbeh detail
# 866 detail

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.

gabbeh dimonds
# 874 4'3" x6'11" Diamonds

gabbeh natural ground
#861 4'11" x 7'7"" natural

Gabbeh open
# 866 2.4 x 4.11 Open field Gabbeh

Gabbeh detail natural
detail natural

Gabbeh tree of life
#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

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

Noe venable


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!

Musicians Mobilize to Beat Economic Challenges Facing a NYC Master-Craftsman

Contact: Marianne Jaycox



Musicians Mobilize to Beat Economic Challenges Facing a NYC Master-Craftsman

Concert for Hayko Fine Rugs and Tapestries to Benefit Unlikely and Beloved Showcase Venue for Roomful of Sky's Top Talent

NEW YORK, New York - June (date sent), 2009 - On Saturday, June 13, 7-10PM, some of the city's top musicians from the Roomful of Sky Records family will gather at the Meta Center at 214 West 29th Street on the 16th floor to support their unlikely and beloved Upper East Side performance venue, Hayko Fine Rugs and Tapestries. Nine acts will play a full night of "living room style" music to raise awareness and funds to support their friend Hayko Oltaci, one of the world's leading authorities on oriental rugs, and ensure the continued prosperity of his business - a carpet restoration, repair and retail shop. Ticket sale proceeds ($15 in advance/$20 at the door - $5 less with student I.D.) and a referral incentive (5% commission for anyone referring a sale) will help Hayko address possible challenging times ahead, as his friends help him prepare to rise above the city's economic downturn and avoid the financial plight plaguing increasing numbers of small business-owners.

When Phil and the Roomful of Sky family considered the city's economic situation and the possible effects on Hayko's operations, they decided to organize to ensure that Hayko's craftsmanship and his arts patronage would continue to thrive despite potential imminent challenges, and the idea for the "Save Hayko's" benefit concert was born. Performers will include accomplished folk/pop singer-songwriter of San Francisco fame, Noe Venable; alternative soul musician Bobby Kane, the male/female duo Kitch, Rich Casella of "guitar wizard" notoriety, bluesy multi-instrumentalist Jason Vitelli; Jessica Lee, edgy vocalist with 5-piece pop band; 5-piece southern blues band Katie Letts, Korean pop star JJ Bang, and Roomful of Sky president and Springsteenesque singer-songwriter Phil Robinson. In keeping with the ambiance of Hayko's shop, Jodi Serota, president of the Meta Center and the Roomful of Sky team have decided to decorate the Meta Center as a Turkish style salon, replete with candles, antique draperies and oriental rugs, as a backdrop for the event performances. All attendees will be automatically entered into a raffle to win an authentic antique Turkish carpet valued at $1,000.

Hayko Fine Rugs and Tapestries, unbeknownst to many urbanites, is transformed in the evenings into one of the city's most unique performance spaces for intimate creative collaboration. Hayko, a Turkish-born Armenian old-world artisan with a special gift for carpet restoration and repair, opened up his space to Roomful of Sky Records president Phil Robinson and his colleagues, for intimate shows and gatherings, after they met at one of Phil's salon-like Culture Circle events three years ago. Hayko, who had evidenced both talent and passion for art and music himself as a youth, recognized an opportunity to support the arts by inviting Phil and his creative community to gather at his store in the evenings, rather than in the rented spaces they were accustomed to using. Delighted to provide a unique venue for the city's burgeoning creative talent to socialize and perform with and for one another, Hayko explains, "the experience of people making music among the oriental rugs and lamps gives a beautiful feeling. I love music; it gives me courage and energy, and I use it to pray." "I am thankful to have such people in my life," Hayko states. "When I came to New York, I did not know the language and had no family here. Then I met Phil and his friends. I knew I wanted to help them, and I knew maybe someday they would help me too. That time is now, and I am grateful. Says Phil, "Playing at Hayko's allows established and new talent to come together in a supportive and uniquely intimate environment. We want to show Hayko how much his friendship means to us."

To RSVP and for more information visit: or call 917-583-0523.

Hayko Fine Rugs and Tapestries is owned and operated by Hayko Oltaci,. With more than 30 years experience gained in the leading ateliers of Istanbul, Strasbourg, Paris and New York, Hayko is an international expert in fine oriental rugs and tapestries in the world. His workshop and sales showroom at 857 Lexington Avenue in New York City contains some of the finest examples of the ancient art of weaving, in all price ranges from museum quality pieces to one-of-a-kind rugs for as little as a few hundred dollars. Hayko also offers rug-weaving classes. For more information, visit

Roomful of Sky is an umbrella organization for two thriving companies which combine art and commerce by taking a grass-roots and do-it-yourself approach to business: Roomful of Sky Records, an indie music label and Roomful of Sky Events, a New York-based entity facilitating community collaboration. For more information, visit