With a fixed collection of over 2.3 million objects, the Victoria and Albert Museum is recognised as the world’s leading museum of art and design. The museum first opened its doors in 1852, when it had already amassed an impressive collection of Islamic artwork and crafts. In 2006, when one of the galleries required renovating, Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel became involved with the project by supporting the creation of a home worthy of the unique artefacts displayed, and to assist the museum with expanding the existing collection.
Now known as the Jameel Gallery, it houses over 400 objects, including ceramics, textiles, carpets, metalwork, glass and woodwork, which date from the great days of the Islamic caliphate of the 8th and 9th centuries to the years preceding the First World War.
A highlight of the collection is the Ardabil Carpet, said to be the oldest and largest carpet in the world.
Art Jameel and the V&A also collaborate on the Jameel Prize, dedicated to recognising contemporary artists and designers who explore traditional Islamic influences through contemporary art. Every two years, shortlisted practitioners are featured in a touring exhibition. The Jameel Prize 5 opens at the V&A Museum, London, from June 28 to November 25, 2018 and is free and open to the public.