Things to do in London: Islamic Art & Culture


brick minBathe in the magical glow of lustre-ware, get hands-on and learn the secrets of geometry or follow in the footsteps of royalty to lead you to some hidden gems of the Islamic Art world. These are the top 10 destinations for Islamic art and culture in the capital.

1)Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art, V&A Museum, Cromwell Road. (South Kensington)

This is perhaps the most obvious first stop on the trail of Islamic art in London. Opened in 2006 the Jameel Gallery was opened by HRH The Prince of Wales to celebrate the donations given to the V&A by the Jameel family.

The star of the show: is the massive Ardabil Carpet. Encouraged by William Morris, in 1893 the V&A purchased the carpet for £2000. It is the world’s oldest dated carpet and a spectacular example of the beauty of biomorphic design. See more here.

The Hidden gem: Look up above…

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