of Moorish Spain and Portugal
linked to an Islamic design heritage that began there some 1,300 years ago. The
astounding wealth of culture in al-Andalus became a turning point in the
successful recovery of the Iberian Peninsula after the collapse of Rome. Fine
buildings, since transformed, but with their integrity intact, still resonate
with the ancient call of the Caliphs.
Cordoba, the mesmerizing Nasrid Alhambra in Granada and the glorious remains of
the 10th century Medina al-Zahra. We’ll see one of three remaining early
synagogues in Spain and visit the world’s largest Gothic cathedral in Seville.
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. We meet the curators and view exceptional rugs and
textiles in the Instituto de Valencia de Don Juan and Lisbon’s famous Calouste
Gulbenkian Museum and Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga.
For a Reservation Form and complete Itinerary of this unusual ICOC program,
please visit our website: www.icoc-orientalrugs.org. Book by 15th June and you
may win a free $500 travel voucher.
International Conference on Oriental Carpets (I.C.O.C.)