The world's biggest carpet collection isn't at IKEA - it's right here at the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum!
Tour the museum with a guide and see rare carpets, Iranian treasures, calligraphy, and more. This collection of historical artifacts and items was originally located in the soup kitchen of the Süleymaniye Mosque complex, and was subsequently moved to the somewhat more glamorous İbrahim Paşa Palace, next to the Blue Mosque.
Witness the smooth and patterned details of rare carpets from the Seljuk Empire, and imagine the wealthy folk who sprawled in luxury on the fine woven fabrics from the Iranian and Caucasian regions.
See collections of hand-written calligraphy, and get up close to imperial edicts, ancient Qurans, and other written works that put today's quick text messages to shame!
Let your guide explain the intricacies and history of the museum and former palace, and see wood, glass, ceramic and stone items by artists from historic Islamic regions. This beautiful museum close to the famed Blue Mosque is a must!
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Tickets for Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum: English Guided Tour