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.
Middle East: General Enquiries
The Iranian world, illustrated manuscripts, scientific instruments, metalwork
The Arab world, ivory, stucco and stone, ceramics, glass
The Turkish world, Qurans and unillustrated manuscripts, lacquer, arms and armour, furniture and woodwork
Contemporary art from the Middle East
For textiles, see South and South-East Asia