Gallery Talk: Sacred and Secular Islamic Textiles

Sumru Belger Krody, senior curator, The Textile Museum Collections

This curator’s talk will focus on three textiles: a Persian talismanic shirt, a Kiswa cover from the Ottoman Empire, and a Safavid Empire textile. Each contains an inscription with Arabic script—the first and the foremost form of visual expression in Islamic art. She will discuss how the different Arabic inscriptions on these three textiles mediated three different experiences for Muslims.

This program is part of the museum's weekly Textiles at Twelve series, which explores textile arts and global cultures through films, lectures, gallery talks, and more. Free; no reservations required.