A trip to Paris these days is not complete without visiting the new Islamic wing of the Louvre. Inaugurated by President Francois Hollande end of September this year, the $131 million project was funded by the French government and supported by handsome endowments from Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Kuwait, Oman and Azerbaijan. Although we found the ceiling height of the main floor to be too low, we were impressed by the overall look and presentation. Lots of mosaics, carpets, and objects are on view, but not so much of works on paper.
One of the objects we found fascinating is this 18th century fly-whisk adorned with precious stones! And there was this Goldsmith’s work box from 1709. One main wall was devoted to beautiful examples of Turkish ceramic tiles from Iznik and Kütahya, 16th-19th century. You can read more about the Islamic wing in this NY Times article.