In the Aleppo Room, visitors can marvel at the complete paneling of a wall from a house in the historic center of the Syrian city of Aleppo. It is the oldest surviving wall paneling from the territory of the Ottoman Empire. The woodwork was commissioned by a Christian merchant around AD 1600. It gives a vivid impression of the manner in which rooms were formerly designed in Arab countries, Turkey, and northern Iran. The room was decorated with Arabic and Persian verses and aphorisms. The delicate paintings show diverse motifs: people, animals, mythical creatures, plants, and ornaments. In addition, there are depictions of Biblical scenes, Christian saints, and Muslim mystics. The vibrant colors have been restored and are excellently preserved.
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