The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)
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. The Gallery was dedicated to the memory of Mohammed Jameel’s parents, Mrs Nafisa and Mr Abdul Latif Jameel, the late founder of Abdul Latif Jameel. A highlight of the collection is the Ardabil Carpet, the world oldest dated carpet and one of the largest, most beautiful and historically important.
The partnership has also yielded to the establishment of the Jameel Prize, dedicated to recognising the influence of Islamic tradition on contemporary culture and celebrate contemporary practitioners inspired by Islamic design and visual culture. This endowment gift has been made to mark the tenth anniversary of the V&A’s Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art.