Turkmen Carpet Museum, Ashgabat

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Browse through the largest selection of handmade carpets in the country at Turkmen Carpet Museum, a large modern building featuring carpet design. With 8,000 well-labeled specimens of ancient carpets with diverse patterns, the museum boasts some of the finest and greatest collections of carpets in the world. See the largest handmade carpet in the world, 14 m (46 ft) by 21.2 m (69.5 ft) piece covering 301 sq m (3,240 sq ft); it was certified by The Guinness Book of Records in 2003. Professional restoration of old carpets, some of which feature up to 1.35 billion knots per square meter, takes place here. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Turkmen Carpet Museum and many more Ashgabat attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Ashgabat vacation planning website.
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  • Turkmenistan is known for its amazing carpets and a tour of the museum shows you why. The carpets are beautiful. I suggest taking the tour as the guide explains the different styles and how the...  more »
  • Some incredible carpets made by women in the different providences of Turkmenistan each with their own pattern and story.  more »
  • There is a significant fee to take photos in the gallery but they will allow two photos of the largest carpets at the beginning of a tour. The guides are very knowledgeable and will answer questions....  more »
  • Full of beautiful carpets displaying fantastic craftsmanship & dedication but very sterile, full of gleaming marble but no people other than our tour group. Very peculiar for a national museum...
  • Fascinating Only takes around 45 minutes to be shown around by the guide from the museum. You get a good understanding of the meaning of the patterns, and the importance Turkmen people place on their carpets Small gift shop though, so if you want to buy a carpet it would be best to find somewhere else
  • If you should see a single museum in Ashgabat I guess it's should be this one. Carpet weaving is proclaimed to be integral to Turkmen culture (the five traditional carpet patterns even found their way to the national flag) and at this museum you get to learn a lot about this. From dying techniques, the different materials and tools used, the meaning of each pattern, everything is very well explained by the guides (most of them speak Russian and a few of them speak some good English). You also get to see some impressive pieces, including the largest hand-woven carpet in the world and a number of carpets using special techniques to create beautiful relief patterns. Totally worth the price (which is high by local standards)!
  • Great if you love big carpets
  • Too much Soviet-style, and carpets definitely lack color diversity, beyond red shades

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