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Museums with Carpet Collections

As part of my research I have been constructing a database of museums with collections of Turkish Carpets. Below you can find a list of some of the main museums with carpet holdings which I have identified, though there are still many others with small collections. Those with a star (*) next to them have the largest collections, though some of the smaller collections are by no means any less valuable/useful.



  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia* (particularly good for "Lotto" carpets, "Bird" carpets, and "Star Ushaks")
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York* (particularly good for Prayer Rugs and "Ottoman Court" carpets)
  • Saint Louis City Art Gallery, Saint Louis
  • The Textile Museum, Washington D.C.* (particularly good for "Mamluk" and "Compartment" carpets)
  • Brooklyn Museum, New York
  • Museum of Fine Art, Boston
  • Institute of Arts, Detroit
  • The Art Institute, Chicago



  • Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna



  • The Victoria and Albert Museum, London* (particularly good for "Ushaks" and "Ottoman Court" carpets)



  • Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
  • Musée Jacquemart André, Paris
  • Musée Historique des Tissus, Lyon



  • Museum für Islamisches Kunst, Berlin* (particularly good for "Holbeins" and "Medallion Ushaks")



  • Iparmüvészeti Museum, Budapest* (particularly good for "Lotto" carpets, "Bird" carpets, and especially "Transylvanian" carpets)



  • Museo Bargello, Florence
  • Museo Bardini, Florence
  • Pitti Palace, Florence
  • Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan
  • Museo Civico di San Gimignano, San Gimignano



  • Türk ve Islam Eserleri Museum, Istanbul*
  • Vakiflar Carpet Museum, Istanbul*
  • Mevlana Museum, Konya