Category Archive: Islamic Art

Drawing the V&A Ardabil Carpet

The star exhibit of the V&A Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art is a colossal Persian carpet made in the early 16th century for a reception room of the shrine of Shaykh Safi al-Din… Continue reading

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Drawing the Arabesque, Tracing the Palmette: Sketching the British Museum and V&A Islamic Collections

This month I started something that has been in my mind to do for a while – organizing small group sessions in which people can understand and reflect upon objects in the Islamic… Continue reading

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Drawing Mamluk Arabesques at the V&A, London

I have spent many peaceful afternoons exploring treasures at the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art at the V&A, partly in preparation for my Islamic Art History Courses at the City Lit, and partly… Continue reading

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Exhibits at the British Museum Islamic Galleries

In October 2018 The British Museum opened a new suite of galleries for the display of the museum’s collection of Islamic Artefacts. Many of us had become familiar over the years with the… Continue reading

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City Lit Courses about Arts in the Islamic World and the Indian Subcontinent

The City Literary Institute in Holborn, London, popularly known as the “City Lit“ is one of those wonderfully democratic institutions founded in the early part of the 20th century. It offers a wide… Continue reading

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