Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art

Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art

The Jameel Gallery for Islamic Art contains more than 400 pieces of artwork and crafts produced between the 8th and the early 20th centuries.

The gallery is visited by artists and art lovers from all over the world, making it one of the most frequented galleries of Islamic artifacts.

The Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London is one of the most prestigious museums in the world. With a fixed collection of over 2.3 million objects, it is recognised as the world’s leading museum of art and design.  The V&A holds many of the UK's national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre, and performance.

The museum first opened its doors in 1852, when it had already amassed an impressive collection of Islamic artwork and crafts. In 2006, when one of the galleries required renovating, Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel became involved with the project by supporting the creation of a home worthy of the unique artefacts displayed, and to assist the museum with expanding the existing collection.

Now known as the Jameel Gallery, it houses over 400 objects, including ceramics, textiles, carpets, metalwork, glass and woodwork, which date from the great days of the Islamic caliphate of the 8th and 9th centuries to the years preceding the First World War. The area covered stretches from Spain in the west to Uzbekistan and Afghanistan in the east, taking in important centres of artistic production in the Arab lands, Turkey, and Iran.

A highlight of the collection is the Ardabil Carpet, said to be the oldest and largest carpet in the world. This truly magnificent work of art was created for the Shah of Persia in 1539. The beautiful, intricate patterns are formed by more than 30 million knots. It is now displayed under an architecturally designed canopy and is one of the focal points of the museum.

The gallery is visited by artists and art lovers from all over the world, fostering a better understanding of Islamic arts and culture. The Jameel Gallery is constantly evolving and Community Jameel works to support the acquisition of artwork to add to its collection.

Please visit the V&A website for more information: http://www.vam.ac.uk/