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Museum of Hand made Carpets & Textiles
For many years, we've been collecting exeptional pieces and had in mind the creation of a Hand made Carpets & Textiles Museum (MCT). We launched our Museum in April 2009 thanks and we are very pleased to promote this initiative.
We woud like to invite all our guests to our Museum to observe the endless variety of hand made carpets of our common human heritage. The visit of our Museum is Free of Charge.
It will remind you the paintings of Renaissance artists like, Gentile, Giovanni Bellini, Carpaccio, Ghirlandaio,Hans Memling, Lorenzo Lotto, Francesco Maltese and many others who immortalize them. [ Museum location - map & contact details ]
Our museum aims at preserving the history and traditions of handmade carpets. The historical patterns, designs, colors, yarns and weaving techniques are a part of our human history and we are proud to share this culture with our visitors.
We are giving utmost care to the authenticity of information concerning the antique carpets of our inventory and hope you will enjoy the visit.
Our Carpet & Textiles museum does not only cover Turkish carpets but collected pieces from all over the hand made carpet countries, such as Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakistan, Irak, Caucasia, Balkans. Our Museum displays selected carpets of those countries as well as the suzanis & ikats of Uzbekistan, Kashmir shawls of India, under the meticulous supervision of experts in the field.
Suzanis (or Souzanis) are "needle work" on either cotton base or silk. These embroidered bed covers, table clothes or wall hangings, frame works, cushions, "chemin de table" from the parts of the bridal trousseau will enchant you deeply.
The ikats of Uzbekistan, is known as "abr" (means cloud or cloudy patern fabric) are so brilliant and beautifully, intricately colored and designed that the visitors are simply stunned.
The shawls of Kashmir Valley of India (Himalayas) are woven from pashm, the fleece of the mountain goat "Capra Hircus". These fine shawls are from the soft, fine inner fleece which the animal grows during winter. The fleece is being collected, washed and spun, then dyed with soft, lively colors from local plants and roots. The basic web has been twill woven, each motif being worked by hand using the twill tapestry technique.
The liveliness in the Turkish handwoven carpets market, the variety in patterns, and the quality improvement so far observed since our grand parents, can be taken as the criteria showing that our target is almost achieved, by the contribution and appreciation of our visitors and friends.