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Istanbul Carpet Week, 1-4 October 2017

Two important exhibitions of historic carpets are opening at the city’s Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum during Istanbul Carpet Week, hosted by the Istanbul Carpet Dealers’ Association (IHIB) in collaboration with COVER and HALI, 1-4 October 2017. 

Large-medallion Ushak carpet

Large-medallion Ushak carpet (detail), west Anatolia, 16th century. 3.82 x 8.21 m (12′ 6″ x 26’10”). From the Tomb of Selim II, Ayasofya, Istanbul. TIEM 61

A selection of 55 early Anatolian carpets will be reinstalled for permanent display, following substantial sponsorship from IHIB, meaning that the museum will again be one of the few places in the world where it is possible to compare and analyse the progression of patterns in the Turkish classical carpet tradition.

In addition, the museum will also host a temporary exhibition of silk and metal thread Turkish workshop rugs from an Izmir corporate collection.

Read more on both exhibitions in HALI 192.

Large-pattern Holbein carpet

Large-pattern Holbein carpet, west Anatolia, 16th century. 1.70 x 2.92 m (5′ 7″ x 9′ 7″). From the Şeyh Baba Yusuf Mosque, SivrihisarEskişehir. TIEM 468

Kum Kapı arabesque rug

Kum Kapı arabesque rug, by Zareh Penyamin, late 19th /early 20th century. All silk with silver thread brocade, 1.12 x 1.71 m (3′ 8″ x 5′ 7″). Arkas collection, Izmir

Kum Kapı rug by Hagop Kapoudjian

Kum Kapı rug by Hagop Kapoudjian, Istanbul, late 19thearly 20th century. All silk with silver thread brocade, 1.75 x 2.55 m (5′ 9″ x 8′ 4″). Arkas collection, Izmir

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