Observations – KL Visit – Islamic Art Museum Part 8

This is another installment of the series of articles about my trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I did with my parents and my brother on October last year.

Right across the metalwork gallery, in front of the elevator is one of my favorite area of the museum,  the Ceramics gallery. Here, in the U shaped space overlooking the Qur’an and Manuscript gallery, features a number of samples of ceramics from all over the Islamic world. A small collection but nevertheless an awe inspiring one!

Many of the samples are from Turkey with its gracious floral tiles and white on blue calligraphy as well as from Iran of sharp geometrical motifs juxtaposed with the flowing vegetal designs. A small number of the ceramics on display came from India and from the North African region.

Most of the ceramic samples on display here are of the tiles variety. However, there are a few samples of everyday objects made of pottery such as ewers and basins, which, of course had Islamic designs on them. They mostly came from the North African region as well as the Spanish Andalusia.

The Gallery also featured information about these ceramics ; how they were planned, designed, created and assembled. They are made with different skills learned by the artisans with different materials accessible to the region. For example, the artisans in the Andalus as well as Morocco utilizes the system of Furmah, where individual tiles were fired up and created and then assembled to form a larger design.

A display of tiles with the six-pointed star design.

A selection of Iznik tiles and plates from Turkey.

Calligraphic tile panel from Turkey

Hexagonal designed tile from Iran


A tile sample with a Moroccan design, although not made in the traditional Zellige method.


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