Islamic art encompasses the visual arts produced from the 7th century onwards, is not necessarily created by Muslims and is not restricted to religious works. This type of artwork comes from a variety of regions spanning the past 1,400 years. Typical Islamic art includes calligraphy, painting, glass, ceramics, textiles, metal work, and much more. Islamic art also includes manuscripts, Qurans, mosque lamps, tiles, ceramics, woodwork, arabesque, and figurative paintings depicting religious scenes.
Geometric patterns are common characteristics of Islamic art. Patterns are used in Islamic art to illustrate nature and objects by spiritual virtues, instead of their physical and material qualities. Islamic art focuses on patterns, calligraphy and motifs more than figures because it is an Islamic belief that one should not use figures or human representation for the purpose of worship. Mistakes in repetitions are sometimes intentionally introduced, similar to what you would see in carpets, as a show of humility by the artist who believes only god can produce perfection.
Our Islamic art collection includes: