"Most Turkish imports are cheap trinkets," says Ellen Cohen, who opened her NoLIta shop, Lâle, after falling in love with a goat-hair rug on a trip to Istanbul. "I decided to bring to New York all the beautiful handcrafted objects you would buy if you were living in Istanbul." The result is a slice of Constantinople with a Manhattan sensibility: One wall of the shop is lined with Ottoman Empire-replica ceramics like a basin ($1,950); another is draped with geometric-patterned kilims ($350-$1,650). Though Cohen doesn't trade in the usual Turkish goods, she couldn't resist a recent addition—evil-eye bracelets for $30. At 200 Mott St.; 212-941-7641; www.lalenyc.com.
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