Istanbul is an incredibly old city dating back to the Roman Empire period.
Since Istanbul has a long history that has witnessed the rise and the fall of many different empires such as the Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire, there are many artifacts and antiques that can be found in the city. Istanbul has many antique shops that sell many items from different times in history. You can either look for a particular typewriter that you are fond of or you can search for something much more unique and valuable.
In any case, it is guaranteed that you will find something that appeals to the eye.
If you are interested in the Ottoman and Greek Orthodox items, there is a little shop that gives off the feeling of a museum which is definitely the place for you to check out. This shop is called Sofa and it is located right outside the Nurosmaniye gate of the Grand Bazaar. You can find carefully collected engravings, jewellery, miniatures, mosaics, paintings, embroidery and many other objects that can appeal to you in Sofa. If you are a book lover who especially enjoys the first editions of books, Turkuaz located in Istiklal is the best place. You can find
many books in Turkish, English, French and German. Istanbul is also famous for its hand woven carpets. For someone who is interested in antique carpets, Sisko Osman located in Grand Bazaar is the right place. You can find rare carpets in this little shop that are called kilim. You will certainly enjoy your time here as the shop owner Osman is a very knowledgeable gentleman who knows a lot about the history of the carpets and their significance.