Islamic culture and art succeed the Hellenistic, Roman, Persian and early Christian cultures in the south and southeast of the Mediterranean. The exhibitions and extensive programmes of Medelhavsmuseet (The museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities) provide a valuable insight and understanding of Islam in Sweden – and the world – today.
Medelhavsmuseet houses Sweden's largest and only permanent exhibition of Islamic art. The collection includes ceramic, glass, metal, wood and textile objects as well as book art and miniature paintings that represent Islamic art from the 7th century to the 20th century. Islamic art is an abundance of designs and rich colours found in objects, arabesque decorations and star patterns but also in narrative literature, calligraphy and storytelling pictures including poetic and scientific illustrations. At the museum a part of our collection is shown.