"Textile of wool and linen
Turban of Ṣāmuʾīl ibn Murqus,
The oldest example of Kufic inscription on textile
Egypt- Umayyad or
2nd – 3rd A.H / 8th – 9th A.D century
MIA no. 10846"
"This turban, belonging to Ṣāmuʾīl ibn Murqus, is among the master pieces of textile art in the world. Its importance stems from the fact that it bears the oldest extant writing in Kufic script on textile from the Islamic era. It reads: “This turban belongs to Ṣāmuʾīl ibn Murqus, made in the month of Rajab of the Muḥammadan calendar (Higra) in the year 88..(sic)”. Some scholars attribute this turban to the town of Sanhūr in the province of al-Fayyūm.
"Horse saddle cover, silk velvet pile with embroidered silver thread
Turkey - Ottoman
10th A.H /16th A.D century
MIA no. 12027"
"This saddle is a living proof of the importance of compassion in Islam. In this vein, Islamic Art has produced numerous other artifacts designed to protect and take care of different animals. So, despite of its being a horse saddle made merely to cover a horse’s back, the artisan who made it toiled at decorating it with velvet, silk and silver threads. This demonstrates, beyond any doubt, the philosophy of beauty, mercy and compassion to living creatures of the Islamic Civilization.
"Textile, silk with Naskh script inscription, part of a cover from the tomb of the prophet Muhammad or internal cover of Ka’ba
Egypt - Ottoman
10th A.H / 16th A.D century
MIA no. 12020"
"Fragment of silk textile decorated with a Naskh script inscription of the Moslem credo: “There is no God but Allah and Muḥammad is His messenger”, repeated four times within wavy strips. The upper and lower parts bear the names of the four rightly-guided caliphs (Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthman and ‘Ali). This textile fragment was either used as part of a cover of the grave of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh), or as part of the inner curtain of the holy Ka‘bah at Mecca.
"Carpet with central medallion,
Wool pile enhanced with silk, gold and silver threads
Iran - Safavid
11th A.H / 17th A.D century
MIA no. 15764"
"This carpet has a central medallion decorated with interlaced and interconnected vegetal motifs. Its background is also filled with interlaced vegetal designs, whereas the borders are decorated with Persian inscriptions in Nasta’līq script. The latter are adorned with medallions depicting mythical creatures. Most likely, this type of carpet was used for hanging on the walls of the royal palaces of the Safavid rulers of Iran, due to its extravagance, marvelous decorations and exceptional artistic value.
Prayer rug, wool and cotton with a central mihrab element and floral decoration
Turkey – Ottoman
12th – 13th A.H /18th-19th A.D century
MIA no. 15768
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The central area of the prayer rug has a decorative element in the form of a mihrab surmounted by a crenelation as usual in the rugs manufactured in Ladik of Turkey. The frames are decorated with various foliate and geometric ornamentations.