Islamic Middle East

Room 42, The Jameel Gallery

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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.

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These vibrant 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. Highlights include the Ardabil Carpet, the world's oldest dated carpet and one of the largest, most beautiful and historically important.

Collection Highlights

Mamluk minbar, unknown, 1468-1496, Egypt. Museum no. 1050:1 to 2-1869. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
'22,500' Composition, Hadieh Shafie, 2011, USA. Museum no. ME.1-2012. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Luck of Edenhall
Ardabil Carpet
Rock crystal ewer, unknown, 1000-1050, Egypt. Museum no. 7904-1862. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Animals by the Watering Hole, tapestry, 'Ali Salim, 1985. Museum no. ME.1-2008
Ivory pyxis, unknown, 969-970 AD, Spain. museum no. 368-1880. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Tile panel (detail), unknown, 17th century, Iran. Museum no. 139:1 to 4-1891. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London