Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum
Located in the former palace of Ibrahim Paşa, the grand vizier -prime minister- of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificient for 13 years.
The palace, dating to 16th century was the grandest private residence built in the Ottoman Empire.
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum has an extensive collection of old carpets, wooden works, stone artand a separate ethnography section.
The main sections of the museum are as follows:
1- Carpet Section: The carpet section forms the richest collection of carpet art in the world which caused the museum to be famed as ‘carpet museum‘ for a long time.
2- Hand Writings and Calligraphy Section: “Kur’an-ı Kerim” holy books dating from the 7th to 20th centuries from different parts of the world. Imperial edicts, warrants bearing the signatures of Ottoman sultans are displayed.
3- Etnography Section: Examples of early nomadic village life and later urban life is displayed.
Note: Highlights of the museum are the carpet collection, old hand-written Kur’an examples and the etnography section.