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The Awakening of a Persian Beauty

Annette Beselin Head of Carpet Conservation (Museum of Islamic Art, Berlin)

Thursday 25 January 2018, 6:00 pm
A few years ago the Museum for Arts and Crafts in Hamburg succeeded in purchasing from a private collection half of an early Safavid spiral vine carpet with animals. This fragment is the other half of a fragment that has been on display in the Hamburg Museum for many years. In a unique collaboration with the Museum for Islamic Art in Berlin, the two fragments were rejoined after several decades of separation. On the occasion of the reopening of the Islamic Gallery in Hamburg in the spring of 2015, the carpet was presented to the public in its original size and beauty for the first time in many, many years. This talk will give the audience an inside view of the restoration and the history of the two pieces. Annette Beselin is speaking as the final lecture in celebration of MIA’s Imperial Threads exhibition which will end on 27 January 2018.
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Arab Arms: From Past to Present

Adults – 16+ years old

Saturday 27 January 2018, 4:00 pm
Join us for a lecture by Abdullatif Al Nakkas, a Kuwaiti private collector and expert in Arab arms and armour, in celebration of MIA’s special exhibition Powder & Damask; Islamic arms and armour from the private collection of Fadel Al Mansoori. This lecture will focus on the production of arms and armour produced specifically in the Arabian world both past and present. He will explore the origins of these objects, general designs and explain what makes them uniquely Arab. This topic will be of great interest to all our visitors and we look forward to welcoming you to this fascinating lecture.
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