Glass

The influence of the Islamic world on the history of glass is reflected by its distribution around the world; stretching from Europe to China and from Russia to East Africa. Islamic glass developed a unique expression that was characterized by the introduction of new techniques and the innovation of old traditions.

Vessels that are used to hold a wide range of materials (bowls, goblets, dishes, perfume bottles, etc.) make up the bulk of glass objects. Religious objects such as the glass lamps used in mosques were beautifully adorned with floral motifs and inscriptions from the Quran. Glass cutting, carving, combing and lustre painting was prevalent in the earlier ages and later gilded and enamelled glass was produced. Miniature glass paintings flourished in Persia, where fine specimens of these art works can be found.