Islamic Works of Art

Arts of the Islamic world cover artefacts from countries in North Africa, Turkey, the Middle East and the Indian sub-Continent.

These works take a variety of forms. They include manuscripts with fine calligraphy; early medieval pottery such as Kashan ware, colourful glazed Isnik pieces or decorative tiles from Safavid dynasty in Iran; metalwares like bronzes from Mamluk Egypt or Timurid Persia; astrolabes which pre-date most of their Western counterparts; and early Silk Road textiles such as Sogdian weavings.


Iznik at the double thanks to two private collections at Olympia Auctions

08 July 2024

The sale of Indian and Islamic art at Olympia Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in London on June 5 included two fine private collections of Iznik pottery.


Archer family provenance points the way to debut sale success

08 July 2024

Father and son collection stars as centrepiece of 150-lot inaugural Islamic and Indian art offering


New saleroom Azca launches in west London with Indian and Islamic selection

10 June 2024

London has a new boutique auction house with the launch this month of Azca Auctions in Hammersmith, west London.


Five questions with Mehmet Keskiner of Kent Antiques

15 January 2024

Mehmet Keskiner is the founder of Kent Antiques specialising in Islamic and Indian works of art as well as 19th century Orientalist paintings. Keskiner runs Kent Antiques from a gallery in Queen’s Gate by appointment only with his brother Dr Philip Bora Keskiner and his wife Melis Aran Keskiner.


Beautiful Quran bought for nearly £300,000 at Swiss auction

08 January 2024

The extensive auctions at Schuler (23/20/16% buyer’s premium) in Zürich always contain at least one truly spectacular result and the latest three-day sale was no exception.

Yomut Asmalyk carpet

Carpets galore in a German saleroom

08 January 2024

A German collector consigned 28 carpets for the November 25 sale at Rippon Boswell (25% buyer’s premium) in Wiesbaden.


The highlights of Herat and Cairo, renowned workshops

04 December 2023

Sixth instalment of single-owner collection on offer in west London features wonderful workshops

Safavid Islamic Mecca-centred world map

The map where Mecca is centre of attention

30 October 2023

A rare Islamic Mecca-centred world map, considered a masterpiece from Safavid Persia, will star in the Islamic and Indian Art sale at Bonhams.


‘Umbrella’ sales cover wide range of Islamic and Indian items

19 June 2023

Artefacts hailing from a vast geographical area come together in west London saleroom

Tipu Sultan’s bedchamber sword

Auction record for Tipu Sultan’s sword

29 May 2023

A sword taken from the Indian Muslim ruler Tipu Sultan when he was defeated and killed during the fourth Anglo-Mysore War was hammered down at £12m.

Bedchamber sword of Tipu Sultan

Auction record for both Indian and Islamic object smashed by Tipu Sultan’s bedchamber sword

25 May 2023

A sword taken from the Indian Muslim ruler Tipu Sultan when he was defeated and killed during the fourth Anglo-Mysore War was hammered down at £12m.


Islamic brass bowl 'found to be 14th century'

06 March 2023

Estimated at a mere £20-40, this Islamic brass bowl on a later associated stand sold for £11,000 at Taylors (25% buyer’s premium) in Montrose.

Ilkhanid or Mamluk Brass Bowl

Islamic brass bowl ‘sleeper’ stars in our pick of five auction highlights

10 February 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a possible 14th century Islamic brass bowl that made over 250-times estimate in Montrose.


Collector interview: Lecturer's lessons in Islamic and Persian art

06 February 2023

Dr Richard Piran McClary is a senior lecturer in Islamic art and architecture in the history of art department at The University of York.


Sex appeal: Iranian erotic poem

21 November 2022

Sixteenth century single folio manuscript displays orgiastic spree in graphic detail


Iranian incense burner helps to fuel ‘white glove’ sale

21 November 2022

Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) was another of the London salerooms that held a designated sale in Islamic week.

Ottoman çintamani tile

Top-selling 16th century Ottoman tile stars in our pick of six auction highlights

04 November 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes features a selection of highlights from the UK's week of Indian and Islamic art sales. It includes a rare 16th century tile from Ottoman Syria that made over 22-times estimate.

Persian erotic illustration

Asian Art in London’s Indian & Islamic award winners announced

21 October 2022

Asian Art in London has announced the winners of the first group of its annual awards.


Baron Headley: A life less ordinary

10 October 2022

Rowland George Allanson Allanson-Winn, 5th Baron Headley (1855-1935) led an extraordinary life.


Celestial inspiration at Chiswick Auctions

10 October 2022

This pair of Indian gem-encrusted gold and champlevé enamel arm bracelets or bazubands are expected to bring £5000-7000 at Chiswick Auctions’ Islamic Art – Property of a European Collector sale in London on October 28.