Ithra Museum Embraces A 250-year-old Room

8 Aug 2018

The king Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) offers four galleries that highlight the Saudi culture, the Arabian Peninsula and the global as a whole. One of the four galleries focuses on the Islamic Art and history. 19th-century art incorporates various traditions from around the Islamic world, which have unique characteristics.

Ali Al Mutari, director of the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture said: “Ithra Museum is a key message of “Ithra” ambitious to reach the community of innovation, knowledge and creativity that is part of the vision of 2030. The center’s mission is to provide educational and developing programs in the Kingdom, In addition to introducing visitors to the contemporary and Islamic art and natural sciences.”

Ithra brings the Damascus room to take part of the opening of the Exhibition. The Damascus Room in Ithra Museum comes to the story of the era in 1181 AH. The Room was used to host guests by the Damascene family who owned it. With the modernization and growth of Damascus, a collection of Islamic decorations and inscriptions filled their wooden walls.

Layla AlFadagh, responsible of the Center’s Museum, declared: “The Damascus Room survived the demolitions that damaged many historic houses in Damascus. The Room was properly dismantled intact from a courtyard home in Al-Basha quarter in Damascus, which was demolished in 1978.”

Fadagh added: “The Room was moved from Syria to the capital of Lebanon, Beirut a Lebanese family bought it and kept the room for more than 30 years without displaying it to the public. There are no known in situ photographs, but the room’s wood, panels and inscriptions, preserved evidence of how the room was originally constructed together.”

The walls of the room are highly dependent on the wide use of a range of organic and inorganic colors, and the transparent multicolored glaze used on thin metal. The Damascene room includes 12 rare antiques featuring Islamic art patterns including decoration plates featuring a number of paintings. Writings of poem verses are also seen where it is written out on 30 canvases.

The poem written by a prominent Egyptian poet praises Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Windowsill was the heart of the traditional Syrian house, used to lighten and air circulation the house. Shelves also showcase a collection of practical and artistic artifacts and candles used to light up the room.