Arkas Carpet Collection in Bornova

Category: Exhibitions

Director of Arkas Art Centre Mujde Unustasi
Director of Arkas Art Centre Mujde Unustasi

Arkas Art Bornova hosts the Arkas Carpet Collection at the historical Mattheys Mansion in Bornova circa 10 km northeast of Izmir.

The Arkas Carpet Collection of 15th-19th centuries Anatolian rugs and carpets is probably the most impressive collection and exhibition of Anatolian rugs that exist today.

Most of the carpets on display at Arkas Art Bornova are from the Western and Central part of Anatolia. This include carpets from Usak, Kula, Giordes, Bergama, Konya, Megri, Dazkiri, Melas, Akhisar and Canakkale. Among them rug types like ‘Transylvanian’, ‘Lotto’, Holbein’, and ‘Ghirlandaio’ carpets are very well represented. A 16th century Mamluk rug from Cairo in Egypt is also on display.

The traveling group on the ‘Carpet Study Tour to Western and Central Anatolia’ organized by Stefano Ionescu visited the museum 11. June 2024 where the Director of Arkas Art Centre, Mujde Unustasi, welcomed the group.

Exhibition rooms

Examples of Anatolian rugs from the Arkas Carpet Collection

A report from the mentioned ‘Carpet Study Tour to Western and Central Anatolia’ 2024 will be published later.



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