Meral Sartekin was born in 1960 in Akhisar, a rural village in Turkey. The free-spirited, independent young woman left her country to study abroad in Zurich, Switzerland where she married Halil and gave birth to their daughter.

In 1992 the couple founded Kelim, a boutique specializing in handmade goods from their native Turkey. Meral and Halil began designing jewelry inspired by the beautiful patterns in, the traditional turkish carpets and the natural beauty of their adopted country, Switzerland.

After the success of their first wholesale trade show, the couple focused solely on designing and producing the Kelim Jewelry Collection. Together with their nephew, Gultekin, they established our atelier in Istanbul, where a team of highly trained craftsmen brings each design to life.

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Lori Gadola


Lori Gadola owner of Link Design Accessories has been responsible for building the brand Kelim Jewelry Design in the United States since 2005. As the US wholesale distributor, Lori has strived to brand the Kelim Jewelry Design maximizing distribution to retailers across the US and Canada. At an affordable price point, Kelim creates designer jewelry that is available to any woman who wants to express her individuality.

Each customer should feel “the warmth of something handmade” when wearing Kelim.

With that same warmth, Lori strives to give customers the best-personalized customer service.

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