MAK – the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna has an very important collection of 15-17th century Anatolian carpets, Persian carpets and Egyptian Mamluk carpets. The collection includes approximately 200 carpets. Some thirty of these are on public display in the carpet exhibition hall. The rest is stored and only shown on special occasions.
Most of the carpets were in the Austrian Imperial Court possession before the conclusion of the First World War, following which they were transferred to the new Austrian state in 1919. Further sources were the former Imperial and Royal Austrian Trade Museum and the museum’s own acquisitions since 1868.
Many of the stored carpets can be found in Dr. Angela Völker’s massive 436 pages book and catalogue about the museum’s collection of oriental pile rugs “Die orientalischen Knüpfteppiche im MAK”. This book and catalogue includes 150 colour illustrations. Angela Völker was formerly the museum’s carpet and textile curator.