AKDO has a sister company, Silkar, or we might more accurately say a brother company, since it is our CEO Hakki Akbulak and his brother, Silkar CEO Erdogan Akbulak who co-founded the businesses together, yet an ocean apart, some 25 years ago. Collectively, AKDO and Silkar own factories, quarries and handcraft ateliers from Turkey to China where stone is quarried and then processed into a variety of finishes and different sized mosaics, tiles and slabs. Sometimes stone is combined with other great materials such as glass and we also make our own great glass mosaics – more each year in fact.
This global partnership affords AKDO’s clientele something different. Our unique vertical capabilities make us more nimble, more agile and usually faster and more economical than other U.S. tile brands who rely on outside vendors for their primary supply chain.
The annual production capacity for our three factories is 2.5 million square feet of granite, marble and mosaics. This is achieved through a wonderful mix of high tech sate-of-the-art techniques and the best practices from antiquity. All of the mosaics, both our own and the many custom designs that we are commissioned to do for our clients, are hand made by highly trained artisans, as they have been done for centuries. The cutting edge equipment housed at the factories allows for countless options for customized products, perfect for large-scale projects.
Having our own production puts us in a unique position to control quality down to the last detail. Our manufacturing standards go beyond aesthetics; careful attention is given to environmentally responsible production and Silkar’s factories are considered to be some of the best in the world. Additionally, the factories have strict quality control ensuring all the products are designed with beauty and made to the highest standards.
AKDO and Silkar, own and have exclusive rights to several quarries. The stones from these quarries are incorporated into a wide variety of AKDO’s stocked slabs, tiles and mosaics, and are also often requested for custom products and large commercial orders. First choice stone from all of our quarries is used to complete orders for AKDO projects. Confidence that quantities will be fulfilled and delivered on time allows for specifiers to rest easy about planning for large projects. Finally, clients enjoy the substantial savings that stem from our ‘value-engineering’ the middle man right out of the equation.
Our vertical nature also facilitates our design leadership. Direct access to both quarries and factories allows research and development teams on both continents to produce original mosaic collections that are highly esteemed within the industry, and coveted by interior designers and design enthusiasts from coast to coast.
Here are some of our exclusive stones:
Caffe Latte Dark Marble
A gentle, warm coffee and cream tone.
Dark Olive Marble
A dark gray/brown marble with some white veins.
Emperador Light Turkish Marble
A rich tan marble with delicate cream veining.
A very chic greige color.
Tawny Beige Marble
The quarry produces beautiful beige marble.