Old Map of the Middle East in Arabic Script, 1890 - Ottoman Empire, Balkans, Arabian Peninsula, Black Sea
Old Map of the Middle East in Arabic Script, 1890 - Ottoman Empire, Balkans, Arabian Peninsula, Black Sea
Old Map of the Middle East in Arabic Script, 1890 - Ottoman Empire, Balkans, Arabian Peninsula, Black Sea
Old Map of the Middle East in Arabic Script, 1890 - Ottoman Empire, Balkans, Arabian Peninsula, Black Sea
Old Map of the Middle East in Arabic Script, 1890 - Ottoman Empire, Balkans, Arabian Peninsula, Black Sea
Old Map of the Middle East in Arabic Script, 1890 - Ottoman Empire, Balkans, Arabian Peninsula, Black Sea
Old Map of the Middle East in Arabic Script, 1890 - Ottoman Empire, Balkans, Arabian Peninsula, Black Sea
Old Map of the Middle East in Arabic Script, 1890 - Ottoman Empire, Balkans, Arabian Peninsula, Black Sea
Old Map of the Middle East in Arabic Script, 1890 - Ottoman Empire, Balkans, Arabian Peninsula, Black Sea
Old Map of the Middle East in Arabic Script, 1890 - Ottoman Empire, Balkans, Arabian Peninsula, Black Sea

Old Map of the Middle East in Arabic Script, 1890 - Ottoman Empire, Balkans, Arabian Peninsula, Black Sea

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This old and exceedingly rare map of the Ottoman Empire and Arabian Peninsula is, rather unusually, labelled in Ottoman Turkish Arabic script. Put together by the first modern Turkish cartographer, Hafız Ali Eşref (also known as Ali Sheref Pasha), this masterpiece map was first published in 1896 by the Turkish government's Map Office.

This is a huge map - it was over 150cm wide originally - and there's a vast amount of detail. Please look at the listing images and look for your hometown or city!

A huge geographical area is covered by this map, from Italy and Austria in the top right, to most of Egypt and some of Libya in the bottom left - and then most of Saudi Arabia and some of Iran on the right. The Balkans are all here, as is Greece, Turkey, and the countries north and east of the Black Sea - Romania, Moldova, Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Syria, Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon - the whole of the Middle East is on this map.

The level of detail includes all cities, most towns, roads, railroads and rivers are shown, along with topological relief.

Arabic script maps are exceedingly rare, particularly on this scale and this quality.

At 16x20 inches (40x50cm) the writing is very small on this map, though it is just about legible. I would recommend getting a larger map if your space allows. The model is holding the 16x20 inch map. Please note that the unframed 24x27 inch map has white margins that are very easy to snip off - or they may help you with framing. All other sizes, and all framed maps, look just like the listing images.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 270 inches (680cm, 22ft) tall. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

This would make a wonderful birthday or Christmas gift for someone from one of the countries shown on the map, or perhaps someone interested in the history of the Ottoman Empire and its Arabic-like script.

You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes your map pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame material or colour. I use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in my frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.

If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.

I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.

This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.

I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

All of my maps are well packaged and sent in a rugged tube if unframed, or surrounded by foam if framed.

I try to send out all maps within 1 or 2 days of receiving your order, though some products (like face masks or mugs) can take longer to make.

Please note that framed maps larger than 100cm/40 inches take longer to make and delivery is usually within 10 working days. I will get in touch with you to discuss the specifics of delivery.

If you select the free worldwide shipping option, you can usually expect to receive your map around 5 working days after you order.

Coronavirus is still causing random delays and some maps can take longer to arrive. If you need your map to arrive in time for an important date, please contact me before you order and I'll do my best to get the map to you on time.

If you select Express Delivery at checkout your order will be sent by courier (Fedex, DHL, UPS, Parcelforce) and will usually arrive in 2-3 working days. Please note that framed maps will usually take a little longer.

Customers in the US, Australia and Canada: Your map will be sent from a printer or framer in your country, which means you'll get your map sooner, you won't pay import duties, and we'll put less CO2 into the atmosphere. I have worked with some great printers and framers around the world for years - so don't worry, your map will still look amazing!

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If you want a frame that's a specific colour or material, or want your map mounted/matted, please get in touch. I work with specialist framers around the world and have hundreds of framing options - so we should be able to find a frame that suits your decor/aesthetic.

Read more about how I can custom frame and mount/mat your old map.

My standard frame is a black wood frame. It is simple and quite modern looking. On maps up to 36 inches (91cm) the frame is 2cm (0.75in) wide. I use thicker frames on larger maps - usually between 35 and 60mm (1.4in to 2.4in).

In all cases I use super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite) for the frame glass. It's lighter and safer than glass - and it looks better, as the reflectivity is lower.

All frames are provided "ready to hang", with either a string or brackets on the back. Very large frames will have heavy duty hanging plates and/or a mounting baton. If you have any questions... always get in touch!

My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.

I source original, extremely rare maps from libraries, auction houses and private collections around the world, restore them at my London workshop, and then use specialist giclée inks and printers to create beautiful maps that look even better than the original.

My maps are printed on acid-free archival matte (not glossy) paper that feels very high quality and almost like card. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/190gsm. It's perfect for framing.

I print with Epson ultrachrome giclée UV fade resistant pigment inks - some of the best inks you can find.

Please contact me if you're looking for a print on canvas or cotton rag.

Learn more about how the Unique Maps Co. sources and restores old maps

Map personalisation

If you want to make your old map really unique, I am able to personalise your map with a short message, for example:

- "Happy birthday, Ben! From Mum & Dad"

- "To My Beloved. Let's Explore The World Together!"

This message will be added to the map in such a way that it looks just like a real part of the map.

Select the "Personalise Map" option above if you'd like to add map personalisation to your map.

Learn more about my map personalisation service.

Get in touch if you're looking for more complex customisations and personalisations.

Fill in the form below, message us on WhatsApp, or call the workshop on 020 3286 8802 (UK)

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We find and restore the finest and rarest old maps. We guarantee you won't find higher quality prints of old maps anywhere else.

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