For the first time in Saudi Arabia and in the middle east there is a comprehensive private Islamic art collection that features unique pieces from 7th to 19th century,from Andalusia to Indonesia.
A Legacy collection,that incorporates 200 pieces comprising of different mediums including metal work,pottery,arms & armor,stone,wood,textile & furniture.
It took 40 years to put the collection together covering varied Islamic dynasties from different parts of the world.The prestigious collection was showcased in an exclusive two day exhibition & forum with lectures & discussions by international experts circling around the collection at the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue.
The experts were Dr.Robert Elgood BA in Islamic history,Anthropology from Oxford University,Prof.Jennifer Scarce formerly Curator of Middle Eastern Cultures,National Museums of Scotland,Edinburgh, Jennifer Warden formerly senior curator,Textiles Victoria & Albert Museum,London.
The highlight of the collection is the keswa of the Kaaba which is dated 1909 G or few years before along with one the largest inner Keswa of the kaaba known from 1277 H which was part of the collection of Sultan Jahan Begum of Bhopal.
This collection is a private initiative planting a seed to be nurtured into a thriving industry with lucrative investments as there is a gap from Middle East to Hongkong & Saudi Arabia is geographically well placed to gain prominence as a hub of culture & heritage.The owners of the collection have invested a huge capital specially in the light of vision 2030.