Jul 2, 2014, 12:54 PM
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Early Islamic textiles fair at Royal Ontario Museum

Tehran, July 2, IRNA - Cairo Under Wraps: Early Islamic Textiles’, a centennial exhibition on view at the Royal Ontario Museum, highlights the ROM’s collection of early Islamic textiles, dating largely from the 8th to 12th centuries.

Over half of the exhibition’s approximately 80 fabrics are on public display for the first time and many of the oldest were collected by C.T. Currelly, the ROM’s founding director, 'Iran Daily' reported in its Wednesday's edition.

These rare, delicate objects are displayed alongside ceramics, glass, metalwork and coins from the ROM’s permanent collection of Islamic art.

‘Cairo Under Wraps’ looks at Islam’s early history and culture through textiles from the first six centuries of Muslim rule.

The exhibition illustrates that while earlier civilizations used human figures to convey religious and political messages, Islam used Arabic script as a means of communication and as a primary symbol of the new religious faith.