The Elephant Walk

 Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange

Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange

Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Ender Tasci came to America 30 years ago to get his Ph.D. in international business. He also has degrees in economics, finance, human resources – and restoration, which relates to materials, textiles, woodworking, metal work and construction.

When he was asked to furnish an employer’s home, he went to Europe to bring back antiques and special pieces. Within eight months after his work for them, he had four new clients, and this was the beginning of his business.  

After many years in central Florida, he moved to Round Top where he has 20 years of experience with loyal clients who come back year after year.  

Ender believed in Paul Michael’s vision for Market Hill, in bringing together the most reputable dealers, and he brought his business to Market Hill.

“You have to love what you do, and it has to be within your capabilities,” he says. “Being an antiques dealer isn't for everyone; it requires massive amounts of knowledge and conviction to relay that message to someone else to create a demand for an item that is not a necessity.”

 Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange

Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange

 Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange

Photo by Natalie Lacy Lange

“My passion comes from within,” Ender says. “There is a difference between looking and seeing. l follow trends and news very closely. Antiques and home decor are just like fashion, they change constantly. Being able to see which way the trends are going is a secret to success in any business.”

As for his personal style, he says, “For the last couple of years, I have been looking for pieces with very clean lines, simple shapes with great color and texture in the right scale is the magical combo.”

He adds: “l love scale, texture, color and most of all drama. If the item you are selling is not serving those four purposes, it certainly isn't worth selling.”

You will want to meet Ender and see his latest finds at Market Hill this fall. For more, visit elephantwalkantiques.com.