Besides rare calligraphic works, the main attractions of the museum are fine architectural decorations. They include the Mshatta facade, which originates from an early Islamic desert palace; the Aleppo Room, a painted reception room from a home in Aleppo; an ornamental wooden cupola from the Alhambra; and splendid prayer niches from Kashan and Konya.
Homes and PalacesThe facade of the Mshatta Palace in Jordan, with its unparalleled decorations of ornaments and animals, is the greatest example of early islamic architecture. The Aleppo room, on the other hand, shows how a merchant at the end of the Silk Road practised the amicable coexistence of different religions...
▶ The Museum of Islamic Art▶ Kashan
▶ The Museum of Islamic Art▶ Aleppo
▶ The Museum of Islamic Art▶ Lahore
Holy Words: Texts and PrayersIslam is based on the words of God as revealed in the Quran. Consequently, writing or reciting the words has always been considered a very special for of art…
▶The Museum of Islamic Art▶ Tabriz
▶The Museum of Islamic Art▶ Cairo
Facing Mecca: MihrabsA Mihrab is a niche in the wall of a mosque that indicates the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca, that is, the direction that Muslims should face when praying. Usually Mihrabs are very ornately decorated; they can be great works of art...
▶The Museum of Islamic Art▶ Kashan
▶The Museum of Islamic Art▶ Konya
Useful DecorationsIslamic art is mostly famous for its ornaments, not for its depiction of living beings. However, sometimes surprises are in store...
▶ The Museum of Islamic Art▶ Syria
▶ The Museum of Islamic Art▶ Iran
▶The Museum of Islamic Art▶ Khorasan Province