The Green Madrasah (1414-1424) whose architect is Hadji İvaz Pasha, is one of the first Ottoman madrasahs. The Green Madrasah in which the creations of Archeology Museum were previously exhibited, has served as a Museum of Turkish – Islamic Works of Art since 1975.
Its design is a continuation of Anatolian Seljuks’ madrasahs with open court (eyvan). In its construction, rubbles and hewn stones were used. Some of the columns and and the headings of the columns belong to Byzantine Period. In the decorations with ceramics, techniques of mosaic, ceramics and colorful glaze were used.
In the museum, ceramic creations; wooden, carved, mosaic works of art, samples from Turkish mine arts; tombac and other metal creations; coins of Seljuks and Ottomans, traditional Turkish hadworks and clothes expending from 13th Century to 20th Century and belonging to Seljuk, Beyliks and Ottoman Periods are exhibited.
West Side Open Court;
The Seljuk unglazed ceramics of 12th – 13th Centuries and Seljuk glazed Rakka ceramics and the vase with double handles (12th Century) that was made with very rare minai technique are the most beautiful examples of this group.
In the section which houses all of the groups of Ottoman Ceramics;
Ceramics with red clay which is named as Milet work and was made in İznik in 14th century,
Blue – white ceramics of 15th century and ceramics ornamented with Haliç work,
The ceramics of 16th century which are known as Şam group,
Ceramics of Rhodes of 16th and 17th Centuries in which coral red can be seen
The Karagöz figures of the contemporary masters of Karagöz (a Punch and Judy style of shadow play) art, Hayali Küçük Ali and Hayali Osman Sözen, are exhibited in this room.
In the Karagöz art, the humour capacity of Turkish people is brough on the stage and the the subjects are borrowed from true life stories of local events. In the very same room, goods made of fabrics such as atlas and velvet decoreted with silver, pearls, and beads woven via needles, knit-needles and pins; pleasure goods such as hookah and tobacco box; silver clogs and samples of clocks are on display.
The art which is performed via carving motifs on wood and burying pieces of ivory, pearls, tortoiseshells has been applied since Middle Ages and especially in Ottoman Period, it was much more developed.
In this room, objects peculiar to this art are exhibited.
In the same room, door knobs used with wooden gates and taking shape according to the place they are used in; various keys and locks and banners made of copper, tombac and brass are exhibited.
In the classroom, examples from art of handwrittens, shapes of hadwritten, some pieces from the rich handling collection of the museum which involves every technique of Turkish handling art, exist.
The ornamental fixtures which is a branch of mine art, human figures decorated with silver mosaics, bronze Seljuk candlesticks of 12th and 13th centuries; chandeliers, weapons upon which is decorated with gold, silver and ivory mosaics, gülabdans and censers are exhibited.
Different examples of Turkish mine art, various saucers which were made of silver and most of which are embroidered with telkârî; cups made of porcelain and meerschaum can be seen.
In this room where metallic Turkish kitchen utensils that are rich of garnish, emerge from the richnesses of Turkish mine art and Turkish kitchen, can be found; various food pots belonging to Ottoman and Timurid Empire Periods; trays, ewers, spoons made of wood, bone, pearl and tortoiseshell exist.
East Side Open Court
Apart from Kütahya ceramics of 18th and 19th centuries, various glass goods, Beykoz works, eye of the nightingale and 16th century examples of Bursa velvets which have a distinguished place among the Turkish fabrics, are exhibited.
There are examples from the goods of dergâh.
The museum collection which is rich of handwritten books and tablets, is exhibited with samples of covers and desk sets in this room.
The goods that reflect the Turkish bath tradition are on display.
This room which does not show a particular aspect of a selected period, amplifies an old Turkish room.
Section of Coins
In the Museum of Turkish – Islamic Works of Art, a rich collection of Islamic coins can be found.
In the collection which consists of gold, silver, bronze coins, besides the coins of all Ottoman Sultans, the coins of Beyliks, Seljuk, İlhanlı, Mamluk, Abbasid, Umayyad, Sassanid and other Islam states exist.