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The Safavids (1501–1736)

The Ottomans (1299–1923)

The Mughals (1526-1857)

Although the Ottoman world was established at the turn of the 14th century, the arts truly flourished during the reign of Sulayman the Magnificent (r. 1520-1566). This era of geographic and economic expansion set the ground for cultural and artistic development that continued until the 19th century.

The Ottoman occupation of Northern Persia, especially Tabriz in 1514 and 1533 onwards where an important weaving centre was based, had a great impact on artistic output including the transfer of motifs and craftsmanship from Iran to Turkey. Cities like Istanbul, Iznik and Bursa played important roles in shaping the identity of Ottoman art. The objects presented in this section show the influence of Safavid art, in addition to Chinese art via the Timurids. They also highlight motifs such as the çintamani and the saz, which became characteristic of the Ottoman production.