New Islamic Art Galleries at Louvre

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“Vase” carpet Kerman (?), Iran, 17th century. Cotton and wool 350 x 105 cm. © RMN / Jean-Gilles Berizzi

The new Islamic Art Galleries at Louvre opened for the public Saturday 22 September 2012. These new galleries are located in a new wing at the museum and the installation is Louvre’s largest expansion for twenty years with a total floor space of 4,600 square meters.

More than 2,500 works will be exhibited in Louvre’s Islamic Art Galleries, including objects from the Louvre’s own collection, and by permanent loans from the collection of the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs. The Islamic Art Department will cover the Islamic world, from Spain to India, and span it’s full range from the seventh to the nineteenth century. The objective is, according to Louvre’s press release, to present the luminous aspects of a civilization, its impact on a richly varied humanity, by way of a broad panorama presenting Andalusian, Mamluk, Ottoman, Mughal, and Persian cultures.

Especially about carpets should be mentioned the museum’s holdings of Mamluk period (1250 – 1517) and Safavid period (1501-1736) carpets.

A large volume publication “Les arts de l’Islam au musée du Louvre” (Islamic Art at the Louvre), with 400 pages and 400 illustrations, and also available in English, presents more than 400 works installed in the new galleries of the Louvre’s Department of Islamic Art.

Location and more information: Musée du Louvre, 75058 Paris, France

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