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This fascinating palace which
is located in ancient Hippodrome of Constantinople was built in the 16 the century
for Ibrahim Pasa, the grand vizier of Suleyman the Magnificent. The museum
collections start with early Islamic ceramics from Samarra where Turks
established one of their first settlements after central Asia. Few carvings and
tombstones of Seljuk period gives excellent idea about the Art of Seljuks and
their history. The reliefs containing human and animal images indicate the great
tolerance of Seljuk Turks for images. One of the small rooms contains star
shaped tiles from Great Seljuk period. Museum continues with the artifacts dating to early Ottoman Period. Tiles, Korans, textiles decorate the showing
cases of the museum.
A noteworthy collection of praying rugs in the elongated
hall attracts visitors attention. These rugs with specific designs (mainly
praying rugs) are known as Transylvanian rugs which had been sent as present or
sold to these countries starting from the time of Suleyman the Magnificent. The
sultan, at the beginning, sent 1000 rugs as present to the Hungarian churches.
These attractive pieces drew so much attention that many other rugs were bought
for the churches and Hungarian churches. As a result of a recent research,
experts understood that the origin of these rugs were from Ottoman soil. Most
of these so called Transylvanian Rugs are small size prayer rugs with unrivalled
beauty. one can mention especially the rugs with Bellini pattern.
end of the hall two carpets with the image of Holy Kaaba draw our attention.
These Prayer rugs show the most Holy shine for the Muslim people.
Carpets and Painters
Turkish Islamic Arts
Animal Figured Rugs
Ottoman Palace Rugs
Hereke Praying Rugs
Decline in Weaving
Carpets and Paintings
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