Welcome to our online network of artists and small shop owners in Kurdistan, Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, and beyond.
Over the past five years, Canari Annex has partnered with these select key stakeholders—the creators, storytellers, and small local vendors from these regions—to ensure that the profits from each sale are equitably split and redistributed back to their businesses. Through this process, we're able to deliver the highest quality authentic artifacts and goods, representing the very best craftsmanship and design throughout all the main weaving areas in Western Asia, all while supporting and fueling a vibrant international marketplace and micro-economy.
Our collection of woven artifacts and textiles continues to expand, as we partner with one small shop at a time.
Today, we're thrilled to bring more of this collection online.
Meet the Team
S. Scott Taylor’s obsession with carpets began with a year-long solo journey in 1997, around Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, via slow travel through many small towns with locals, studying the symbols and styles, and learning the markets.
This love of the woven story became a part of his core vernacular after a two-year-long overland trip from Holland to China, 2000-2002, visiting the many shops and bazaars, the workshops, and homes to see all of the various products made there.
For the past seven years, on and off, S. Scott has been living and working in Northern Iraq, in Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, and Duhok, with frequent trips to Turkey for work and travel.
S. Scott has over twenty years of doing textile development work, curating, and new media. He started Surviving Artists (Youtube) to tell the stories and Canari Annex to share the hand-made wovens that are often a part of these amazing tales.