One of the places a rug collector must visit in Istanbul is the Turkish
and Islamic Arts Museum.
The museum is situated on the Hippodrome just
beside the Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet in the old part of Istanbul.
The museum include important
ancient rugs and carpets from the 13th century Seljuk period and other
important Anatolian rugs. Among the carpets are several very large
Ushak medallion carpets from the 16th and 17th century.
The museum also includes interesting Holbein Bergama rugs, Giordes-,
Ladik- and Konya Karapinar prayer rugs.
The 13th century Seljuk carpets have been discovered in the early 20th century in the
Alaeddin Mosque in Konya.
Besides the carpet section the museum include several other sections. A
wooden works, stone art, ceramic and glass, metal art and a ethnography