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Holiday Reception on November 8th

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The Culinary-Cultural Nexus – NYC at its Best
Permanent Exhibition of Hayko Oriental Carpets at Nanni Restaurant, Issue #2
by Rogier F. van Vlissingen © 2014


NEW YORK, October 8th, 2014 – Hayko Fine Rugs and Tapestries left the East Side three years ago, but returned recently with a permanent exhibit at the famous New York restaurant Nanni. Regularly there will be a new picture of a single Hayko carpet on display at Restaurant Nanni, at 146 East 46th Street, New York, off the corner of Lexington Avenue. It will be a special selection for Nanni patrons.


Restaurant Nanni has been a New York Institution for more than 40 years, since its founding 1968 by Luigi Nanni, a native of the Abruzzi region of Italy, offering an innovative fine Italian dining experience, at a time when the dominant experience of Italian food was simplistic, with a heavy reliance on the garlic and oil. Nanni brought Italian cuisine to Manhattan diners. On an average day reservations may come in from all over the tri-state area, and as far away as London, or Texas. With its convenient location, within striking distance of Grand Central Station, it is one of the many New York secrets that seems reserved for those in the know. You would pass it by, unless you knew.


Luigi Nanni passed away in 1998, but the Nanni tradition was continued by the current owners, Victorio Miriel and Silvo Sclano, who bought the restaurant from the estate in 2004. Victorio is the public face of Nanni, you’ll meet him when you come in, Silvo runs the kitchen in the best of the Nanni tradition, offering high quality trattoria cooking for discerning New York diners. Once you enter under the non-descript Burgundy red awning that has the name on it, you will pass the coat check and a small area with some tables upstairs, next to the bar and then you go down a few steps to the main dining room, which has picturesque Italian paintings painted directly on the walls. You will usually be greeted by Victorio, who handles the reservations. You will forget you were in Manhattan. It is an enclave of casual elegance that allows you to forget the hustle and bustle of the day.

SHIRVAN 3.6 X 4.11

A picture of this second “Nanni special” of a Hayko Carpet is to be seen on the left wall, right after the telephones. The design is from the Shirvan region of the Caucasus, and it is dated from the 1930’s but the designs go back to the 1880-1890’s. These carpets were produced after the Caucasus came under Soviet control, and they are known as “five year plan” rugs. This particular carpet stands out because it is very colorful, has good wool quality, and its overall design of cruciform and hexagonal patterns.



Hayk Oltaci, is a master craftsman, and expert in Oriental carpets, and at his showroom/studio in Long Island City (9-20 35th Avenue Space 3D – www.hayko.com) he offers all of sales, cleaning and restoration.

You can sign up for the email list, to get the announcement for the “Nanni Special” every month, as well as other “Hayko” news, at http://hayko.com/contact-us/join-our-email-list/




By Invitation Only

Patrons of Nanni Restaurant, and Hayko Fine Rugs and Tapestries

Meet Master Craftsman Hayk Oltaci

Famous Expert in Oriental Carpets

Reception With Wine Tasting:

Saturday, November 8th, 2-4 PM

Restaurant Nanni
146 East 46th, off of Lexington Ave

RSVP by Phone (212) 697 4161 to Restaurant Nanni,

or email to events@hayko.com

By Invitation Only

Patrons of Nanni Restaurant, and Hayko Fine Rugs and Tapestries


Master Craftsman Hayk Oltaci

Famous Expert in Oriental Carpets

Reception, December 6th, 2-5 PM at Hayko Studio
9-20 35th Avenue Space 3D, Long Island City, NY 11106
Close to N, Q train (36th Ave), F-train (21st Street), Q66, Q69, Q102 bus

RSVP by phone (212) 717-5400, or email to events@hayko.com


April Rug Weaving Workshops


Ancient Art of Rug Weaving

The purpose of this group is to promote the ancient art of rug weaving in the greater NY area. If you are an arts & crafts lover, this another medium you will simply love to work in.

However, unlike knitting or other crafts, there is nowhere in Manhattan to learn the secrets of rug weaving…until NOW.  We are starting off with beginner’s workshops with the hopes of creating a future rug weaving circle.

Learn How To Weave Rugs!

You will learn the ABCs of vertical rug weaving, including terms such as warp and weft, techniques such as knotting and the basics of design. You will discover how to weave a rug in your own design. You will actually practice the art of rug making by weaving a small rug of your own using the loom and materials provided to each participant. This is an exciting opportunity to learn how rugs have been made for thousands of years from an experienced teacher who will carefully guide you at every stage.

Master the Art of Rug Weaving

A whole new world will open up to you! Join rug weaving master Craftsman, Hayk Oltaci, for a two-week workshop this April Learn the art of rug weaving and discover the ancient art of rug making! Enjoy traditional music & tea while learning how to weave a traditional rug on your own loom! Everyone leaves with their own mini rug. All materials and supplies provided. All ages welcome.

April Rug Weaving Workshop!

When: Classes start the last week of APRIL 2014 (Tuesday & Wednesday).

* In (Month): ..nd, ..rd from 7:00pm-9:00pm
* In (Month): ..th, ..th, from 7:00pm-9:00pm

Where: Hayko Fine Rugs and Tapestries

9-20 35th Avenue, Space 3D
Long Island City, NY 11106

Price: $290.00/per person, Includes instruction and materials

Limited seating, reservations required. (10 person)

All Photo Albums – Learn How To Weave Rugs

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

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. The talk begins at 8:00. Enjoy meeting James Opie before the lecture. Please join us for an informal wine and cheese reception beginning at 7 p.m.


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With an innate cultural attraction to the art of rug weaving and well over 35 years of hands-on experience, Hayko’s mission is to provide the ultimate service to his customers in sales, repairs, and cleaning of fine Oriental rugs and European tapestries.

Building long-term business relationships with our clients is the most important aspect of our mission.


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