The Turkish and Islamic Works Museum

One of the Main Exhibition Spaces within the Turkish and Islamic Works Museum

The Turkish and Islamic Works Museum is located in Ibrahim Pasha Palace at Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul. The Palace’s large ceremony hall and second courtyard serve as the main exhibition spaces for the Museum. The Museum has an amazing collection of carpets and rugs from the diverse cultures that make up Turkey, including samples of Usak and palace carpet, and Anatolian carpets produced between the 15 to 17th Centuries.

Seljuk Carpet: 13th – 14th Century, from the Tomb of Saltan Alaaddin Keykubat in Konya. From afar this rug looks very simple and bold. It also has beautiful detail in texture and pattern that you appreciate up close. 
Arda standing beside Carpet with Vase Motif: Persia, Shah Abbas period 17th Century, from the Topkapi Palace Museum.
Details of Carpets L> Carpet Western Anatolia Usak, late 18th Century – early 19th Century, from the Ankara Ethnographical Museum. C > Seljuk Carpet: 13th – 14th Century, From the Tomb of Saltan Alaaddin Keykubat in Konya. R > Garden Carpet: North Western Persia 18th Century, from Mosul.

There were extensive examples of tile work, carvings, calligraphy, and religious artifacts such as cases, book-rests and drawers using mother of pearl, ivory, and tortoise-shell inlay.

L > Gilded Copper Lantern (Detail) Ottoman Period, CA 1481 – 1512. C and R > Details of Doors from the The Great Mosque of Cizre. Beaten Copper Sheet attached to wood backing with iron nails. Motifs include the Twelve pointed star with a border of the Four leaf clover, Rumi-Palmette and scrolls. The knobs incorporate the Dragon and the Lion. These are frequently used in Anatolian Artukid Art symbolising the Sun and the Moon.

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