Hayko at Nanni: Culture meets Cuisine in Midtown New York

A permanent exhibition of Hayko's fine rugs and tapestries at Nanni Restaurant celebrates the holidays. Two private events at Nanni Restaurant in Manhattan and Hayko's studio in Long Island City will launch a new culinary-cultural collaboration with specials for patrons of famous Italian restaurant Nanni.

Nanni Restaurant and Hayko Fine Rugs and Tapestries create a meeting place of culture and cuisine in MidTown Manhattan. Two private events in November and December will formally launch a permanent exhibition of fine oriental rugs at Nanni. A unique idea: a permanent exhibition at famous Italian restaurant Nanni, in midtown Manhattan, of a "Nanni special" carpet for Nanni patrons, provided by Hayko Fine Rugs and Tapestries, of Long Island City.

Restaurant Nanni has been a New York Institution for more than 40 years, since its founding 1968 by Luigi Nanni, a native of the Abruzzi region of Italy, offering an innovative fine Italian dining experience, at a time when the popular notion of Italian food was simplistic, with a heavy reliance on the garlic and oil. Nanni brought Italian haute cuisine to Manhattan diners. On an average day reservations may come in from all over the tri-state area, and as far away as London, or Texas. Conveniently located, within walking distance from Grand Central Station, it is a New York secret that seems reserved for those in the know. You might pass it by, if you did not know it was there. A simple awning that says: Nanni.

Nanni Restaurant remains a Manhattan institution to this day. Luigi Nanni passed away in 1998, but the Nanni tradition was continued by the current owners, Vittorio Miriel and Silvo Sclano, who bought the restaurant from the estate in 2004. Vittorio is the public face of Nanni, you’ll meet him when you come in, Silvo runs the kitchen in the best of the Nanni tradition, offering high quality trattoria cooking for discerning New York diners. Once you enter under the simple burgundy red awning with the name Nanni on it, you will pass the coat check and a small area with some tables upstairs, next to the bar and espresso machine and then you go down a few steps to the main dining room, which has picturesque Italian paintings painted directly on the walls. You will usually be greeted by Vittorio, who handles the reservations. You will forget you were in Manhattan. It is an enclave of casual elegance that allows you to forget the hustle and bustle of the day.

Hayko Fine Rugs and Tapestries left Manhattan's East Side three years ago, and now returns with a permanent exhibit at famous Italian restaurant Nanni. Regularly, there will be a new picture of a single Hayko carpet on display at Nanni, at 146 East 46th Street, New York, off the corner of Lexington Avenue. It will be a special selection for patrons of the restaurant, Hayko's "Nanni special." Hayko met Vittorio Miriel when he visited his studio and became a customer, and the rest is history.

The current special has a fascinating culturally interesting history, as oriental carpets do: The design is from the Shirvan region of the Caucasus, and it is dated from the 1930’s with the designs going back to the 1880-1890’s. These carpets were produced after the Caucasus came under Soviet control, and they are known as “five year plan” rugs. This particular carpet stands out because it is very colorful, has good wool quality, and its overall design of cruciform and hexagonal patterns.

Hayk Oltaci is a Master Craftsman of oriental rugs, and his business sells tapestries and provides museum quality restauration, and cleaning, and teaches carpet weaving. The product range also includes modern productions using traditional techniques, including the ability to produce custom designs.

On Saturday November 8th, 2014 there will be a reception for patrons of Nanni and Hayko at restaurant Nanni from 2-4 PM, and again on Saturday, December 6th, 2014 there will be a special reception at Hayko studios in Long Island City.  Space at these events will be limited, and RSVP is necessary, at http://hayko.com/in-the-news/events/calendar/eventbrite/.

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