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History & Culture

Europe & the Islamic Mediterranean AD 700-1600

This clearly written article traces the history of European interactions through trade with the Muslim societies of the Mediterranean. The objects featured are both from Islamic artisans and from Europeans who copied and sometimes surpassed the techniques and decoration of the originals. Click on the images to enlarge. Do also check out the Islamic art in the broader V&A collections—rather than going to the Islamic Middle East gallery, though, simply search the digital collection for keywords of interest (“Islamic” or “Islamic ceramic,” for example). Choose to search only for records with images for best results.

Victoria & Albert Museum
Mariam Rosser-Owen