Silk
13th to 18th Centuries
Treasures from the Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar

text by Jon Thompson

published by The National Council for Culture, Arts and Heritage, Doha, 2004


Silk is a fundamental part of the Islamic world. We can read accounts of fabulous costumes and magnificent tents, and of whole cities made of silk, with colours so rich that people were overwhelmed by their sheer beauty. Remarkably few of the silk textiles made for the royal courts and the great palaces survive today, but the collection of the Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar, contains examples that express the wonders of this past, the imagination of these artists and the great skill of the weavers and dyers.

Highlights of the collection and this publication include a group of panels brocaded with gold thread that must have been used to line an imperial tent of the Ilkhanid rulers of Iran and Central Asia in the late thirteenth century, alongside the only silk carpet extant from the late fourteenth or early fifteenth century, which expresses the magnificence of the Timurid court in Samarqand. A superb curtain decorated with calligraphy, which adorned the walls of the Alhambra in Granada during the time of the fifteenth-century Nasrid rulers of Spain, is preserved in near pristine condition. Two velvets and four other silks from the collection provide a glimpse into the splendours of the courts of Safavid Iran and the Ottoman Empire, respectively.

This publication of twenty masterpieces provides a unique opportunity to share the beauties of silk and selected treasures of Qatar's Museum of Islamic Art with a wider audience, prior to the opening of the new Museum planned for 2007, where this collection will find a permanent home.

Published NCCAH, Doha, 2004. ISBN 99921-58-10-7.
- 340 x 240 mm
- 96 pages, hardbound
- over 50 colour illustrations, including large-scale details

Price: UKPound 20.00 (plus postage and packing)

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IVORY
8th to 17th Centuries
Treasures from the Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar

text by Mariam Rosser-Owen

published by The National Council for Culture, Arts and Heritage, Doha, 2004



Ivory is one of the most beautiful of all natural substances. Not only is it dense and heavy with a lustrous texture and subtle rich colour, but its fine grain is able to take detailed carving or simply a beautiful polish. For millennia its qualities have been appreciated, and it has been used for luxury objects in all quarters of the globe where trade has taken the elephant tusk from India and Africa. The tusk places natural limits on the size of ivory objects, and it tends to be used for small items - often boxes, gaming pieces and small implements - or for decorative inlay into larger pieces of furniture or architectural decoration. The Islamic world was as enthusiastic as any for ivory, and had the added advantage of proximity to its sources of supply, which it often controlled.

The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha is privileged to hold an important group of ivories of medieval date, including early monumental chess pieces, carved and painted caskets and boxes from Spain, Italy and Sicily and two rare hunting horns decorated with hunting scenes and animals. These are among the twelve selected items that were on display at the Doha Cultural Festival 2004.

This publication provides a unique opportunity to share the beauties of this material and these treasures of Qatar's Museum of Islamic Art with a wider audience, prior to the opening of the new Museum planned for 2007, where this collection will find a permanent home.

Published NCCAH, Doha, 2000. ISBN 99921-58-12-3.
- 340 x 240 mm
- 72 pages, hardbound
- over 50 colour illustrations, including large-scale detail

Price: UKPound 20.00 (plus postage and packing)

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tel (44-20) 8896 3238

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