Forever Under Construction

Healing The World …

Posted in Art, Iran, Islam by homeyra on July 10, 2007

… With Art


The Khalili Collections

Meet Professor Nasser D. Khalili, the owner of the most comprehensive private collection of Islamic art: more than 20.000 objects documenting the range of artistic production of the Islamic lands over a period of some 1,400 years. Khalili collections also include a Japanese, a Spanish and a Swedish Collection

Collections Slideshow
The Islamic collection Slideshow

Excerpts from N. Khalili’s homepage: “[…] born in Iran in 1945. A scholar, collector and benefactor of international standing, he was described by the former Foreign Minister and the Iranian Ambassador to London as ‘a cultural ambassador of Islam’. After completing his schooling and national service, he left in 1967 for the USA where he continued his education. In 1978 he settled in the United Kingdom […]

Professor Khalili is a longstanding and committed believer in the vital contribution of inter-faith understanding to the creation of a cohesive society. He is the co-founder and chairman of the Maimonides Foundation, which promotes peace and understanding between Jews and Muslims. He was one of the founders of the Iran Heritage Foundation which was established in 1995 to promote and preserve the cultural heritage of Iran […]” read more

Relevant links:

July 10, 2007 — Nasser’s “Art” to building bridge
July 07 — Articles of faith: A collection of Islamic art on show in Sydney is breathtaking in its beauty.
WHEN you get past the crudities of political rhetoric and the stereotypes of newspaper headlines, the world is nothing short of marvelous…”

July 3 — Nasser David Khalili, catapulted into the top five of the U.K. rich list by the soaring value of his Islamic art, said the jump in prices for old works by Muslim artists has barely begun … read more

May 31 — Islamic art market makes miraculous recovery (or does it?)

2004 — Islamic art gallery to rival Saatchi

1994 — Nasser D. Khalili was born to collect. As the son and grandson of dealers in carpets, lacquerware and other art in Isfahan […]

The Khalili Collection houses the finest celestial globes in existence …
Khalili’s Islamic coins number over 8000, forming one of the most voluminous numismatic collections in private hands …

An unparalleled collection of 12th- and 13th-century Afghan pottery
Through the 300 pre-Islamic and Islamic pieces, one can trace the entire story of glass-making. The collection’s cut glass and cameo vessels dating to the 10th and 11th centuries are unequaled. With walls as thin as a tenth of a millimeter (0.004″), it seems miraculous that such pieces have survived the centuries at all …

The largest collection of lacquer objects in the world […] read more


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  1. مسافران صلح said, on July 10, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    به خاطر حمایتتان متشکریم دوست عزیز .

  2. homeyra said, on July 10, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    دوستان عزيز
    من از شما ممنونم و آرزوي موفقيتتان را دارم

  3. Servant said, on July 10, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    Kilroy was here!

    Very interesting, Homeyra. Thank you!

    Homeyra: nice to see you Kilroy

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