To date, the National Council for Culture, Arts & Heritage of the Emirate of Qatar has acquired five historical Spanish carpets and eight from Egypt and Syria for the new Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. It is these that are the focus of the second in our series of in-depth surveys of the MIAQ collection by Michael Franses. An abridged version of this article, without references or citations, appears in HALI 157, Autumn 2008.
Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, capital of the oil-and gas-rich Gulf State, opened its doors to the public on 22 November 2008. In this, the first of an occasional series of articles on highlights of the collection, we concentrate on the group of Safavid Persian carpets acquired by the MIAQ over the course of the past decade from private collections and at public auction. This article by Michael Franses is an extended version, with citations and references as well as additional images, of the abridgement published in HALI 155, Spring 2008, pp.72-89.