OUR FAMILY WAS EXPORTING CARPETS SINCE THE EARLY 19th CENTURYΒefore the end of the 19th century, Theologia got married to the only son of a big family in the Anatolia carpet industry that owned large land properties in Cappadokia. There, on the arid plateaus of the region, a different localised economy produced carpets and supported everyday life. The family rented the land, but instead of receiving money, it was paid in the only local “currency”, lambswool. The wool was washed, colored, turned into thread and woven into kilims.
The final product was transported from Cappadokia to the Port of Samsun and from there to the European markets, escorting the shipment on the vessels up to the debarkation. This type of business started by the end of 18th century and a few decades later, in the early 19th century and until 1922, the Cappadokia kilims appeared in the largest European markets, demonstrating a colorful and exotic aesthetic in comparison to the local European products of those times.
The income from the kilims sold was immediately invested to other items, unavailable in Anatolia at that time, such as fabrics for men's suits, which usually travelled back with the same ship.
FROM THEN TILL TODAY
Coming to date, AION1922 family business continues to play an amazing game with destiny, always in correlation with the country’s economic and social history. From Theologia’s carpets illegally brought to Greece, until nowadays, we are proud of making this woman’s dream come true, having offered to more than 50,000 customers the finest pieces of Eastern art, the most special authentic carpets and kilims.