Islamic Textiles From the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization
The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization holds a small but significant and fascinating selection of both historical and modern religious textiles made for Islam’s most Holy Places in Makkah al-Mukarramah and Madinah al-Munawwarah. This publication, the second in a series intended to publish the most important highlights among the Museum’s collections, sets out to provide the first comprehensive introduction to these magnificent pieces and their outstanding historical, artistic and – of course most importantly – religious significance within the Islamic world.
Brought together over more than twenty years by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the collection - ranging in date from the 11th to the 15th century H/ 17th to the 21st century AD – today bears witness not only to the exceptional resources, precious materials and artistic excellence that have been and continue to be lavished on these textiles. It also speaks of Muslims’ heart-felt sense of religious duty and dedication in preserving and perpetually honouring them well beyond the duration of their functional use