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Washington DC


Washington DC has a lot to offer the Turcophile. The nation's capital has historic, diplomatic and cultural ties to Turkey and the Ottoman Empire, and Islamic art is well respresented in the Smithsonian's Sackler and Freer Galleries. Home to the nation's government, Washington is also where foreign embassies are to be found. The Turkish Embassy, purchased in 1936, occupies Everett House, built by the 'Bottle-top" millionaire, Edward H. Everett, who invented the handy stopper.

What you will see

Not only is Washington DC home to the fantastic Textile Museum, but the imposing Turkish Ambassador’s Residence was home to the Ertegün brothers, founders of Atlantic Records, who flouted racist conventions by organising jazz concerts at their home.

Washington’s host of museums includes the Freer and Sackler - with their astonishing collections of Islamic and Asian Art. In 2005 the Sackler staged Style and Status, a powerful show starring fabulous kaftans from the Topkapı, the cover story of [Cornucopia 34]/(ottoman-kaftans). In September 2012, Sumru Belger Krody curates The Sultan’s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art at the Textile Museum.