Glass from Islamic Lands

Glass from Islamic Lands

The al-Sabah Collection at the Kuwait National Museum

  1. Stefano Carboni
  2. Preface by Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah
  • ISBN 9780500976074
  • 27.60 x 21.90 cm
  • Paperback
  • 416pp
  • 345 Illustrations, 304 in colour
  • First published 2002
  • Distributed on behalf of The al-Sabah Collection
‘Likely to become the key text on this subject … essential reading for scholars of Islamic art’ – Reference Reviews
‘A remarkable publication … clear and informative’ – Antiques Diary

This is the first major study of the subject in over seventy years. In a triumph of scholarship, Stefano Carboni has drawn on a huge range of sources to produce a beautiful and comprehensive history.

The book is based on the superb al-Sabah Collection in Kuwait and includes detailed descriptions of some 500 objects, accompanied by hundreds of newly taken photographs and specially commissioned drawings. Beginning with the legacy of Roman and Sasanian traditions in the early years of Islam, the coverage extends well over a thousand years to the last phase of glass production in Mughal India and Safavid and Qajar Iran in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Dr Carboni’s authoritative text, the beauty of the objects themselves and the fine quality of the reproductions combine to reveal to scholar and layman alike an aspect of Islamic art that has for too long been neglected.

Stefano Carboni is Associate Curator, Department of Islamic Art, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Also published in association with The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait
Splendors of the Ancient East
Ceramics from Islamic Lands
Carpets from Islamic Lands
Al-Fann: Art from the Islamic Civilization
Treasury of the World: Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals
Arts of the Hellenized East: Precious Metalwork and Gems of the Pre-Islamic Era