Istanbul, Isfahan, Delhi Three Capitals of Islamic Art..

With the valuable contribution of Türk Telekom, approximately 220 masterpieces from the Louvre Museum’s Division of Islamic Art have been exhibited in Istanbul.

The exhibition, consisting of treasures collected and preserved in one of the Louvre’s most important collections, the Division of Islamic Art, encompasses works from the Ottoman Empire (1299-1923), the Safavid State (1501-1722) founded in Iran at the beginning of the sixteenth century, and the Mughal Dynasty that ruled over India during the same period (1526-1858), was organized in cooperation with the Louvre Museum and with the participation of the Museum of Decorative Arts.

Open from 19 February until 1 June 2008, this exhibition presented a reflection of the historical relationship among three mighty Empires, the Ottoman, the Safavid in Iran and the Mughal in India, in terms of its cultural aspects, emphasizing both the common and differing artistic attributes of their shared heritage of the Timurid culture that dominated the vast geography of Iran from 1396 to 1510.

Through the educational programs in scope of the exhibition “Istanbul, Isfahan, Delhi, Three Capitals of Islamic Art, Masterpieces from the Louvre Collection” children have the opportunity to learn about the world of miniature and ceramic tile patterns. A maximum of 20 children are allowed to attend to the programs which are prepared for groups of 5-6, 7-8, 9-11 and over 12 year olds.

At the exhibition which is to stay open between February 19th and June 1st 2008, children meet the works of art of these 3 empires by playing games pretending to be tulips, carnations and hyacinths, draw tile patterns on ceramic objects, ornament and illustrate their own manuscripts with miniatures.

Topics of the Workshops

The tale of tiles is told and played.

Patterns that Escape from the Plate or Our Own Portraits
Blank plates are turned into flower gardens or are illustrated with the portraits of the children.

Tile Panel or Tile Puzzle
Tile motifs are used to design Puzzles.

Ceramic Egg
Ceramic eggs are covered with patterns and are turned into other objects.

Manuscripts are prepared and ornamented.

A Piece from Everything
Tile patterns, ornaments and miniatures are used to create collages.

The China Horse The horse
mascot is covered with patterns.

For programs on Tuesday and Wednesday:
1. Sitting 10.00 – 12.00
2. Sitting 13.30 – 15.30
Bookings can be made by calling Sakıp Sabancı
Museum (0212 277 22 00 / extension 113) or by sending e-mail to

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
1. Sitting 11.00 – 13.00
2.Sitting 14.00 – 16.00

Bookings can be made by calling Söz
Consultancy (0216 367 84 37) or by sending e-mail to

Dish with rosette design

Dagger (khandjar) with horse’s head hilt

Front half of a Caftan

Front half of a Caftan

Front half of a Caftan

Bowl with feathery leaf

Revetment tile depicting two birds and a hare

Portrait of Khvâjah Abu’l-Hasan


Young man with a rose


Bowl with rumi-hatayi decoration

Peacock dish

Tankard with saz leaves and carnations

Portrait of an Ottoman dignitary

Cup-bearer wearing a purple turban

Meeting in a garden

Velvet wall curtain or floor cover (nihale)

Velvet wall curtain or floor cover (nihale)

Paradise Garden carpet (so-called Tapis de Mantes)

Film Screenings

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