Art and Medicine Tours London

Islamic Art, Victoria and Albert Museum

Following the death of Mohammed in the 7th Century, Islam spread rapidly across the east Asia and North Africa establishing a new form of art. We will see the oldest dated carpet in the world – the exquisite five hundred year old Ardabil (Persian) carpet made up of 29 million knots. See how burnished metal work of the Mamluks in old Cairo evolved and how lustre ceramics evolved in the Abbasid caliphate. As the human figure was frowned on in Islamic teachings we will see how in its place designs based on nature and geometry spread across the Islamic world. It even spread to Moorish Spain where we have exquisite carved ivory caskets from the Umayyad dynasty.

There is no need to book for this guided tour. This walk is offered as part of London Walks. You can check their website for times and dates by clicking here. Or email Barry and he will reply with the information.