Launched by Sare and Taner, Arch Dogans is a family business centred around individual, timeless interior design in London and afield. Arch Dogans came to life during the first months of the Covid-19.
Just as the coronavirus pandemic emptied out offices, like for many others, the uncertainty led us to much self-evaluation. After years of pursuing a fast-paced journalism career, climbing the academic ranks and a constant ‘on the go’ lifestyle; If the previous year has taught us anything, it is that life is indeed too short.
We agreed that it was time to breathe, to prioritise our passions, our comfort and most importantly our wellbeing, and what better way to start than rebuilding the centre of our comfort, our home.
The past year has transformed nearly every aspect of our world. Seemingly overnight. Our homes have witnessed it all, from the Zoom burnouts to virtual yoga. How we view our home has most certainly been redefined however, design and aesthetics have been at the heart of everything we as a couple do from our professional endeavours and careers to our wedding, to decorating our apartment with exciting vintage finds and decorative items collected from flea markets around the world. And so, we created Arch Dogans.
Sare has a background in journalism. A lucky encounter in the Philadelphia Museum of Art brought her face to face with an Antique Ushak rug from the 17th century while she was an exchange student. She realised that the rugs belonging to her hometown Ushak, a Western Anatolian city, have been showcased in some of the greatest museums across the globe. Notedly, in Sare’s family rug weaving is a trade that has been passed down from generation to generation. She grew up listening to stories of her grandmother making carpets and how rug-weaving was a central craft in the village for women and remained so after moving to the city. She was unaware of how intertwined her heritage and passions are, especially how pieces of art transcended cultural boundaries and still stand the test of time.
Taner has completed a PhD in communications. Alongside his intellectual endeavours and his interest in Middle Eastern culture and politics, he has a keen eye for fine art. He has been collecting antique and original engravings for quite a long time from vintage markets in Europe and the Middle East. It dawned on us that this complementary mix of skills and sharing the same artistic vision meant we complimented each other for business too. We embarked on this mission to bring incredible designs to life whilst preserving an age-old craft and supporting local communities.
With a refined and defined eye, we are redesigning the private and public space with sustainable, ethical and handmade products. Exquisite knotted rugs from Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran, porcelain and ceramic made by local artisans from Turkey and Europe, one-of-a-kind engravings dating back to the 16th century. We believe that passing down a 90-year old vintage rug from Anatolia or a 300-year old engraving of an Italian artist to young generations is not just a temporary thrilling moment but an act that enables young minds to connect with history, tradition and the ancient world.
We value heritage, the skills of our local craftspeople and time-honoured techniques of rug weaving employed by artisans for hundreds of years. We treasure soulful handmade rugs that have gracefully aged, bespoke products thoughtfully manufactured by craftspeople and the beauty of rare hand-coloured, centuries-old maps and engravings that have been passed down as heirlooms.
We hope to provide you with a carefully curated selection of decorative items especially for those with an eye for detail and a love for heirloom-quality goods in their homes.
We are here to build a community of like-minded individuals who treasure the past, look for stories and character in pieces to continue carrying the legacy of our past.
Our hope is to serve you in your search of uniqueness.