Turkish and Islamic
The Turkish and Islamic Museum exhibits Turkish and Islamic
culture. Its beautiful building has been given to the Grand Vizir Ibrahim
Pasha as a gift from Sultan Suleyman in 1520. Turkish and Islamic Works
Museum exhibits almost all periods and all types of Islamic art. It has
a collection exceeding forty thousand works.
You can see different sections at the museum:
The carpet section in the museum is very rich and people use to
call the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum the "Carpet Museum".
In the carpets collection there are some of the oldest carpets in
the world, rare Seljuk carpets, prayer rugs and animal figured carpets
belonging to the 15th centuries, Anatolian carpets between the 15th
and 17th centuries, Iranian and Caucasian carpets and palace carpet
The most important part of this collection is the Anatolian wood art dated
from between the 9th and 10th century. You can also see Anatolian Seljuks
art work, mother-of-pearl, ivory, tortoiseshell ornamented wooden works
from the Ottoman Empire, Koran part cases, book rests and drawers.
Stone works belonging to Emevi, Abbasi, Memluk, Seljuk, Ottoman periods.
You will be able to see grave stones with hunting scenes, figures like
sphinx, griphon, dragon, etc.
Ceramic and Glass
In this section you will see ceramics of early Islamic period and glasses
belonging to the Anatolian Principalities, Ottoman tiles and ceramic art
samples, Seljuk Period samples and ornaments of Konya Kilicaslan Palace.
You will be able to see glass collection starting from the 9th century,
15th century memluk candles and Ottoman glass art samples.
Hand Writings and Calligraphy
The museum exhibits Korans from the 7th to the 20th century.
Rare collection of calligraphies, books from different subjects,
imperial edicts with Ottoman signatures and Turkish and Iranian
You will be able to see Seljuk Empire period art, the door knockers
of Cizre Ulu Mosque, 14th century candelabrum ornamented with constellation
and planet symbols, Ottoman metal art samples from the 16th century
until the 19th century on silver, brass, tombac (ornamented with
valuable stones) crests, candles, rose water cans and censers.
You will be able to see carpets - kilim looms collected from various regions
of Anatolia, wool painting techniques, weaving and ornaments, clothes
in their regional enhancements, house goods, hand made arts and nomad
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