Carpet Museum

Carpet Museum

The General Directorate of Foundations, which has the mission of carrying the works that are our cultural assets with modern management understanding and techniques, and carrying them to the next generations, opened the Carpet Museum to the Sultanahmet Mosque Hünkâr Pavilion on April 13, 1979.

Within the scope of the project of reconstructing the museums of the General Directorate of Foundations, it was decided to transform the Hagia Sophia Construction into the Carpet Museum. In order to protect, promote and transfer the works in the best way to the next generations, wall-mounted modular showcases with laminated security glass, electronic control, encrypted electronic panel, electronic slider opening, modular lighting systems according to museum standards, humidity adjusting systems. , heating and cooling systems and touch screen kioks are used.


The Hagia Sophia Reconstruction was repaired in 1777, 1871, 1884 and 1893, and it was used as archive storage warehouse and subsequently as a lead workshop by the Istanbul Foundations Directorate after 1920.

The foundations, which have one of the richest carpet collections in the world, are included in the Carpet Museum Collection; With an ancient Islamic tradition, there are carpets with historical and artistic value donated to mosques and masjids. Carpet and rug donations are religious donations for the foundation or the deceased to earn rewards. These carpets, especially woven for mosques, have a different value with their elegance, aesthetic and artistic features. From the 14th century to the 20th century, carpets and carpet prayer mats woven in various weaving centers in Anatolia with patterns specific to their regions, Iranian and Caucasian carpets are the works in the museum collection. The carpet and prayer rug samples selected from the most precious works of the collection are exhibited in all three galleries of the museum in chronological order and according to the local pattern groups.

First Gallery; Anatolian Carpets in the Principalities Period, Early and Classical Ottoman Period.

Second Gallery; Ottoman and Central Anatolian carpets and carpet prayer rugs.

Third Gallery; Ottoman Period Uşak carpets and pure carpet prayer rugs.

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