links to institutions with collections
of islamic ceramics
  links to ceramic-related sites
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islamic art / studies
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(listed alphabetically by museum name)


Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Links to the Collections page.
Benaki Museum, Athens
This museum has an extensive collection of early Islamic ceramics, as published by Helen Philon.
Click on the forward arrows at the bottom of the page to view thumbnails of some of them.
British Museum, London
Link to the Home Page of the Dept. of Oriental Antiquities.
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
The collection mainly consists of illuminated manuscripts, though it includes some objects.
Corning Museum of Glass, New York
The close technical relationship between ceramic and glass production makes this an interesting
visit, as does the current exhibition on Islamic glass (join with the
Metropolitan Museum).
Davids Samling / The David Collection, Copenhagen
Mainly a collection of C18th art from Europe and Denmark, this institution also houses a small but
important collection of art works from the Islamic world, ranging from Spain to India, and
dating from the 7th-19th centuries. There are several recent acquisitions, and this website is
brand new and very navigable - click on a country to see its art!
University of Durham Oriental Museum
The only museum in the United Kingdom entirely devoted to the art and archaeology from cultures
throughout the Orient, the Durham Oriental Museum has a small but important collection
of Islamic Ceramics, which is sadly not that well represented on this website.
Freer & Sackler Galleries, Washington
The National Museum of Asian Art for the U.S., at the Smithsonian.
(Note: This site requires Flash 5.0, which it will prompt you to install)
CURRENT EXHIBITION (continuing indefinitely):
Fountains of Light: Islamic Metalwork from the Nuhad Es-Said Collection
Visual Poetry: Paintings and Drawings from Iran (until 5 May 2002)
Hermitage, St Petersburg
Links to the page highlighting 'Islamic Art from the countries of the Near East'.
Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
Link to the page detailing this institute's museum of traditional and contemporary
Islamic Art. You can also look back at past exhibitions. (This site is in French only).
CURRENT EXHIBITION (23 Oct-10 March 2002):
L'Orient de Saladin: Aux temps des Ayyoubides
Khalili Collection of Islamic Art
Sadly this is not an extensively illustrated site, but gives much interesting info on Nasser D.
Khalili's huge collection, as well as on the catalogue publications.
Louvre, Paris
This site is not extensive on the Museum's collections, though you can 'virtually' visit
the Mamluk gallery (you need a QuickTime 4 plug-in, which you can download).
Metropolitan Museum, New York
Link to the Home Page of the Islamic Art collections.
Museum of Islamic Ceramics, Cairo
Egypt's new museum, dedicated to Islamic Ceramics.
Also see:
Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin
This site gives only brief details of the collection.
Royal Ontario Museum, Canada
Use the search function to find details of the museum's Islamic collections,
though these are not well-illustrated.
Tareq Rajab Museum, Kuwait
Follow the 'Ceramics' link and you will come to an excellent section written by Dr Géza Fehervári
on the Museum's extensive collection of Islamic ceramics (sadly not illustrated). Now with
embryonic photo gallery and slide show.
V&A, London
A very flashy website - follow the 'Explorer' link and you can take a virtual
tour of the Museum, but not much of the Islamic collection is illustrated.
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The Ashmolean Museum's ongoing project to create an online catalogue of the ceramic collections.
Ashmolean Museum Links Page
links to online museums, archaeological websites, and info on Oxfordshire.
Ceramics Research Project Resources
A handy list of web links on ceramics from all cultures, compiled for the use of the Chico High School, CA, USA.
Clay Station
A searchable site which seeks to unite all ceramic-related resources on the internet.
The Ceramic Review
The magazine of the Craft Potters Association, read around the world by
potters, students, enthusiasts and collectors.
Ceramics Monthly
An internationally distributed magazine on ceramic art and craft.
The CeramicsWeb
A resource for those interested in the practical application of ceramic techniques.
Pottery Making
An online journal which tells you how to make pottery.
Nick Caiger-Smith
The son of Alan Caiger-Smith, and also a potter using the lustre technique.
The UK Ceramics Gallery
Promotes contemporary work by studio potters working in the UK.
The Crafts Council of Great Britain
The UK's national organisation for the promotion of contemporary crafts.
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The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture
A gateway to all cultural aspects of the Arab world. This link should take you straight
to the section on Islamic Art and Architecture.
A Princeton-hosted interactive database for the study of Islamic culture. Click on 'Resources'
for a huge number of links to sites on everything related to the Islamic world.
An online community for architects, planners, urban designers, landscape architects, and scholars,
with a special focus on the Islamic world. Features an excellent digital library - including Muqarnas online -
and resource directory.
A social and professional "hub" promoting "halal living", including Islamic art and culture.
The Barakat Trust
A charitable foundation which provides financial support for students and scholars of Islamic culture.
A site dedicated to carpets, textiles, Asian and tribal art.
Colorado College,
Class Web Pages in Islamic Art

Professor Ruth Kolarik's online notes for her class in Islamic Art history (follow link to 'Syllabus').
This site also has some good links to other Islamic Art sites ('Web Links').
"Flowers of Silk and Gold":
Four Centuries of Ottoman Embroidery

Illustrated highlights of a beautiful exhibition held in 2000 at The Textile Museum, Washington.
Fondation Max van Berchem
Founded in honour of the first scholar of Arabic epigraphy, Max van Berchem (1863-1921), this Foundation
finances archaeological excavations, research projects - especially those related to epigraphy - and studies in Islamic
art and architecture, as well as serving as a documentation centre for Arabic epigraphy. Click on 'Publications' and
you can read some online abstracts of articles published in their annual Bulletin.
Hali (the Turkish word for 'carpet') has been the leading bi-monthly publication on carpets and textiles
for the last 20 years. The magazine also often features short articles on Islamic art, and
exhibition reviews. These are not available online, but the site gives details of back issues.
Internet Islamic History Sourcebook
Hundreds of online texts relating to Islamic History.
An e-mail discussion forum aimed at promoting communication and scholarly cooperation
among persons and organisations concerned with the study of Islamic Art.
Islamic Arts & Architecture Organization (IAAO)
A non-profit organization dedicated to providing information on Islamic arts and architecture.
Click on the squares on the right-hand side of the Home Page for links to featured articles.
The Institute of Ismaili Studies
Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA)
Organizes a massive international conference every autumn on all aspects of Islamic world studies.
CALL FOR PAPERS for next year's conference in Washington D.C. - deadline is Feb 15 2002
Near Eastern Studies Programme (NESP)
Aims to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary exchange within Oxford University and to encourage communication and
co-operation between scholars of Near Eastern Studies, in a range of disciplines, including history, archaeology,
religious studies, literature, linguistics, anthropology, geography and art
The Raqqa Ancient Industry Project
This site gives some brief details about the ongoing excavations at Raqqa in Syria.
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last updated: mro/24-jan-2002