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Middle East collections: staff & areas of expertise

The V&A holds over 19,000 items from the Middle East and North Africa, ranging from the early Islamic period (the 7th century) to the early 20th century. The collections include holdings of metalwork, ceramics, architectural woodwork and textiles, in particular from Iran, and also from Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, Syria and the countries of North Africa. The ceramics collection is internationally the most important and comprehensive of its kind. It is particularly strong in Iranian wares, tiles of all countries and includes a large number of sherds.

Staff list:

Behnaz Atighi Moghaddam

Assistant Curator
Middle East:  General Enquiries

Carey, Moya

The Iranian world, illustrated manuscripts, scientific instruments, metalwork

Rosser-Owen, Mariam

The Arab world, ivory, stucco and stone, ceramics, glass

Stanley, Tim

Senior Curator
The Turkish world; Qur’an and unillustrated manuscripts; lacquer; arms and armour; furniture and woodwork

Tuqan, Salma

Contemporary Arab Art and Design


For textiles, see South and South-East Asia






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