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Carpet And Kilim Museum

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Address: Cankurtaran Mah. BabI Humayun Caddesi Soguk cesme sok., Istanbul, Turkey
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CARPET AND KILIM MUSEUM The museum is installed in the Blue Mosque's...

CARPET AND KILIM MUSEUM The museum is installed in the Blue Mosque's imperial pavilion. The museum contains a fine collection of Usak, Bergama and Konya carpets dating from the 16th to the 19th century. The best examples of 13th-20th century Turkish carpets are exhibited along the ramp, which is the entrance to the pavilion. They were also exhibited in the rooms where the Sultans used to rest. The carpets and kilims on display have been restored and are displayed in a contemporary fashion.

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Step in after Topkapı Palace Museum

I am a tour guide myself and I think I visited this place only after some years of working. Its a museum that you see on a regular basis but you dont really enter. Usually I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 19, 2016
Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

I am a tour guide myself and I think I visited this place only after some years of working. Its a museum that you see on a regular basis but you dont really enter. Usually I descrşeb the imperial gate of the sultans since the museum is entered by that gate. Has 2 sections. Earlier motives and lmater ones. You... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2016

We went in for a quick stop and were able to cover this museum in 20-30 mins . Costs around 10 lira per person and they have 3 exhibit halls with lots of information on the history and the symbols that the Analtolians used to build carpets and rugs!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2016

I understand that it takes money to renovate these kilims and carpets but is a boring to leave only carpets on display. It is better to set the kilims into a setting rather than just hanging on walls Save your TL10

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2016

The guidebooks stated this museum was free, but now they charge a small nominal fee to enter. The museum is set-up nicely, but you can see a much greater variety of carpets at one of the many shops in town. The carpet salesmen can probably provide just as good if not more information that is explained at the Museum. If... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2016

I was the only visitor to this unner-rated museum. The carpets are superb, the displaying excellent, a charming place for peaceful contemplation of great Islamic art.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2016

This museum is just behind the Aya Sophia. You can spend quietly for it's not so crowded. There are many precious Turkish carpets exhibited here. Each design and pattern of the carpets has some meanings, and you can understand and decipher each meanings by reading them carefully! There are panels explaining the meanings of the carpets, too. This museum is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2016

Situated next to Sultanahmet Camii (the Blue Mosque) along what was once the Imperial Pavilion, the Vakiflar Carpet and Kilim Museum is a testament to Turkey's history of producing world-class carpets that are truly works of art. Most of the specimens displayed there date from the 1500s to the 1800s, many from the royal collection.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2016

I was visiting the Haghia Sophia and so we popped in here. What a find, I did not even know it existing, pretty sure it didn't a decade ago. I love kilims and so this was a great treat. The museum is split into 3 sections / rooms and I was the only visitor so there were no crowds or... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2016

They did a an amazing job converting the imaret into a museum. The work they have done is absolutely breathtaking. These pieces in the collection are so beautiful. For textile lovers, this is a wonderful to spend time studying Turkish textiles. Definitely a must visit museum in Istanbul.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

This museum beautifully tells the history and creation process of rugs and kilims. It provides an excellent understanding of the various plant-based dyes, weaving techniques, and an explanation of the different styles and designs. Particularly if you are contemplating a purchase, this museum will help you understand what you're looking at as you sip your tea in the back room... More 

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