Woven Paradise


Martin Posth Collection at The Bumiller Collection

Exhibition Berlin: 24th of October til 3rd of December

Opening times: Thursday – Saturday 2pm – 6pm

Monday- Wednesday after advanced reservation under mail@janaposth.com

The last large and important exhibition of oriental rugs in Berlin took place in 2006 at the Museum for Islamic Art (Museum für Islamische Kunst). Now, ten years later, collector Martin Posth presents 58 exhibits from the 18th and 19th centuries will be shown at Bumiller Collection – University Museum Islamic Art

Woven Paradise  – A journey through the Anatolian textile craft of the 18th and 19th centuries


The exhibition highlights the centuries-old history of carpet knotting and the influence diverse cultures have had on the Turkish-Anatolian region. At the same time, it offers an overview of the different types of Anatolian rugs and kilims, introducing the viewer to their world of colour, ornamentation, variety of design and symbolism.

The bridging of Islam and the followers of other faiths (Christians and Jews, Armenians and Kurds) has always been a hallmark of the Ottoman Empire. With this in mind, the exhibition aims at promoting, and contributing to, a constructive exchange between cultures.


“The exhibition can help facilitate a better understanding of our fellow citizens of Islamic heritage, thereby allowing us to encounter them more respectfully.” (Martin Posth)

The exhibition displays prayer rugs and nomadic rugs, funeral rugs, rugs from Anatolia’s Christian communities, and full pile carpets which served as beds.

Anatolian rugs and kilims are home to an extremely vibrant spectrum of designs and symbolism, featuring a variety of plants and flowers, geometrical figures, religious and spiritual motifs.

Over time and through the influence of other cultures, further patterns and decorations were added, meaning that traces of Kurdish, Armenian, Greek, Caucasian and Byzantine peoples can be found in the designs. The motifs and designs of the rugs and kilims therefore allow the visitors of the exhibition to also trace Asia Minor’s diverse ethnic and political history.