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Enjoy Islamic Art in the Museum—and at Home

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This winter, the Islamic world can be seen indoors in art. For the first time in many years, the Art Institute of Chicago has allocated a specific gallery to showcase the artistic culture of Islam. Arranged in chronological order, the installation extends geographically from Spain and northern Africa to India and Central Asia with objects dating back from the medieval age to the great empires of Ottoman Turkey, Safavid Iran, and Mughal India. Located in the museum’s gallery 50, the installation highlights architectural pieces such as wooden doors and beams from Morocco and tile spandrels from Iran. Islamic ornamentation, paintings, calligraphy, textiles and carpets are also on display, however these pieces will be rotated since some are on loan from both public and private collections. From 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Art Institute offers free winter weekdays through February 10, 2015 to Illinois residents. The museum also provides an ongoing free admission offer to Illinois residents every Thursday evening, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. For more information on the Islamic art display, visit http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/new-galleries-islamic-art. Once you view the museum’s display, you’ll want to bring the Islamic aesthetic into your home with artwork of your very own. Artizara carries an affordable line of original Arabic and Islamic art and photographic prints. To peruse the collection, check out islamic-art-islamic-photos-arabic-art.

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