Iran or Central Asia; Seljuk, 1020–1160

Silk, cotton, fur

H. 130cm; W. 185cm

In Islam, precious textiles were highly valued and their production was sometimes controlled under the authority of the sovereign. Bearing a royal inscription, this silk gown is an exceptional example of the magnificence of medieval princely costumes.

© The Al Thani Collection

Folio from the Blue Qur'an

Prince Murad Bakhsh with holy men and attendants