The house museum now features approximately 2,500 objects, including works from Egypt, India, Morocco, Syria, Iran, Central and Southeast Asia, and Spain, acquired during Duke’s decades of collecting. Tilework lines doorways, textures walls, and decorates the central courtyard. Carpets and textile furnishings range from Ottoman gold-brocaded silk velvets (çatmas) to red arched trapezoidal floor coverings made from wool in India. A “Damascus Room” features wood panel decorated using an ajami technique, resulting in densely patterned and richly textured raised relief. Gilding and metal leaf enhance the sense of opulence. In the 1970s and ’80s, Duke constructed her “Syrian Room,” modeled on Ottoman reception spaces. At the center, a floral-shaped, floral-patterned marble fountain circulates water from four spouts that rise out of the base like stems. Shelves carved into the yellow walls display plates and glass vessels. A pink floral motif creates a cheery, delicate softness. If the vivid reds on the marble floor urge the viewer to look down, the elaborate ajami ceiling calls for a long, thoughtful look up.
The “Mughal Suite,” at the end of a hall extending from the central courtyard, served as Duke’s bedroom and private quarters. Particularly inspired by the Taj Mahal in Agra and the Red Fort (or Lal-Qila) in Delhi, it features wall panels, a fireplace, flooring, an arch, and a basin all in marble. Light enters through jalis, or marble perforated screens with carved floral patterns. On the west end of the property, a playhouse lies adjacent to a pool, overlooking the ocean. Slender red columns hold up a colorful roof with busy geometric patterns.