This is who we are
We are Derya and Fotis. We now live in Brooklyn, but we grew up surrounded by the traditional ethnic art of the Mediterranean. We stayed warm under handwoven blankets, our mothers would bring out handmade lace tablecloths for family holiday meals, embroidery decorated our grandmothers’ homes and our grandfathers could make wooden tables by hand. That is how we learned to appreciate the hand-made and how our passion for traditional ethnic craftsmanship was born.
We created Anatolico in 2016, to connect conscious customers with unique handcrafted Anatolian art. Our products range from our flagship Turkish towels to throws, blankets, kaftans, robes, jewelry, and scarves.
Our first sale was on a rainy day at a street market in Bushwick, where we showed up with a suitcase full of Turkish towels. That's where we learned that forming real relationships with customers along with having top-quality products would be the keys moving forward.
We spent months traveling around the villages and towns of Turkey in order to find the most authentic local artisan families, who run high-quality, eco-friendly and ethical productions. With their traditional looming techniques and our garment and pattern design, we are privileged to be able to introduce the world to these unique items. In the age of robots and machines, we are proud to be bringing thousands years old authenticity from the hands of the masters to yours.
From that first suitcase, we have grown to designing our own exclusive fabric patterns, working with the best artisans back in Turkey, and adding an array of beautiful products to the mix. We still venture out to street-fairs and holiday markets where we keep on learning from our customers.
About our name
Anatolico comes from the word Anatoli (Ανατολή) which in Greek means east or sunrise. It's hard for Fotis to resist my-big-fat-Greek-wedding etymology explanations. That is where Anatolia, the area which makes up the majority of modern-day Turkey, got its name too. The families we work with to produce our products live in the villages of Anatolia and have been weaving for generations.
How our products are made