It is a weaving mill established in Defterdar district near Istanbul’s Haliç to weave uniforms for the new Ottoman Army replacing Janissary Army in 1839 by II. Mahmut. After producing fez in the facility wholly, its name changed to “Feshani-i Amire”. It started to be used as contemporary hand crafts museum by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality between 1992-1998.
It is one of the first steel construction examples manufactured by using the steel colons imported from Belgium and manufactured as casting. The factory equipped with steam-operated weaving looms is the first modern textile factory establishment. Consisting of 5 main buildings in different sizes originally, Feshane is located on an area for totally 56.000 m2.
The building turned out to have unavailable situation after the water coming from its facade seeing Haliç filled the inside. The building which was on the edge of being rotten was saved from being devastated by impermeable curtaining. Floor strengthening, repair and maintenance activities of the steel columns were carried out within the scope of the restoration works. Ruined main door, which is one of the most significant architectural elements of the construction facade, original parts and missing parts were completed. It serves as an international fair, congress and culture center today.