Carpet And Kilim Museum
Carpet And Kilim Museum
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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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Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.

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MissRich64
Austin, TX258 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
If you are interested in art, history, Turkish culture, don’t miss this museum. It’s conveniently located behind Hagia Sofia and near Topkapi Palace. Well worth stopping.
Written 2 December 2023
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Valerie
San Rafael, CA6 contributions
Sept 2022 • Solo
The Carpet Museum is permanently closed, according to our guide and various web resources. Check before you go.
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Written 30 September 2022
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narinehp
Istanbul, Türkiye23 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
If one has no idea about carpets and patterns he can learn a lot by reading the signs and looking at the old carpets.
The collection is not huge but rather old samples are organised in three separate halls.
The view outside looking at the back side of Hagia Sophia is what I hadn't noticed before.
Won't be interesting for kids.
Written 19 February 2020
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KarlynByham
Seattle, WA151 contributions
Dec 2019
This was only 10 lira admission and had mutliple old rugs on display, across 3 different buildings and most of them looked exactly the same! There was a really interesting and informative display about the design and symbolism of carpet elements that was worth reading. No public restroom and no gift shop!
Written 5 January 2020
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Lugano22
Lausanne, Switzerland3,127 contributions
Nov 2019
The carpet and kilim Museum gave a nice and quick overview of the history of carpet making. The entrance is cheap (10 TRY) even the museum is small but included three galleries at different time of history.
The museum is nicely presented and I'm happy to have discovered it.
Written 12 November 2019
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Per-Jonas C
Boras, Sweden26 contributions
Oct 2019
If you have any interest in old rugs make sure to visit this mseum just by the entrance to Topkapi Palace. You will find wunderful carpets from the 13th century and thereafter. Cool rooms with very litte visitors. The exhibitions are in three different rooms not so easy to find as you must go out through an unmarked door to get to room 2 and 3.
Written 16 October 2019
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Elizabeth B
Cape Town, South Africa119 contributions
Sept 2019
This is a museum that you might easily miss, but at 10 lira it is a bargain. The carpets, some of which date back to the 14th century, are simply beautiful, and the information provided very interesting (we especially liked the explanation of the significance of the different symbols). Small enough to be manageable after one has done the Hagia Sophia.
Written 2 October 2019
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Anh Arma'an
Sydney, Australia2,749 contributions
Sept 2019 • Friends
Perfect micro museum to go to after the macro of Topkapi Palace, literally as you exit the palace you will notice signs to the carpet museum. It is arranged over three distinct spaces behind Hagia Sophia. In fact one of the most interesting aspects as you wonder from one hall to the other is seeing the buttress work over the centuries on the walls of Hagia Sophia.

The museum itself traces the development of different styles in carpets and prayer rugs over 4 centuries. It is a very well thought out space and you can easily spend and hour or two in here. The museum card is not valid here, but entry is a very nominal 10 TL (less than $2 US).
This was an after thought for us and we were very very happy to have discovered it. Well worth visiting.

Written 21 September 2019
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dbates509
Watertown, MA86 contributions
Sept 2019
This is a very nice alternative to the much busier museums nearby--where there were huge lines and hundreds of people. This was quiet and had good explanations of the origins of the various carpets.
Written 14 September 2019
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Nola C
Perth, Australia40 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
The age of these magnificent carpets is mind blowing . A must see, 3 lovely rooms full of different styles of carpets. Cant use the museum card but only 10lira entrance
Written 27 July 2019
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