We were on a visa run from Bali to Kuala Lumpur and decided to take a long walk. We noticed a charming hotel with colonial architecture called the Hotel Majestic and decided to take a peak. It was lovely but out of our price range, so we opted to have a pot of tea and rest a bit. The aircon was excellent and it was a nice place to sit on a hot day. The orchid room was particularly breathtaking.
After cooling down we continued our walk and noticed the Islamic Art Museum Malaysia. We had a friend, who spoke at great length about Islamic tile and how she loved to photograph them and over the years had collected quite a few pics.
We ventured in to see the latest collection of Contemporary Muslim Calligraphy. It was really astounding. There were large-format paintings that seem to spiral into infinity. Such beautiful brush strokes, I am afraid the pictures do not do them justice.
There was also geometric drawing explaining the mathematics behind the Islamic mosaic tiles. I found these particularly intriguing.
After exploring, we had an awesome Middle Eastern lunch at the beautiful IAMM Museum Restaraunt. It was pretty much a perfect afternoon.
This is such a brief overview, I am really only hinting at all of the wonderful things to see: jewelry, textiles, ceramics, historical clothing, architecture and so much more. We learned so much about Islamic history and left with a new found understanding and appreciation of how all cultures and religions influence one another, and how interconnected we all are on this funny round ball we call–Earth.
I highly recommend if you are in Kuala Lumpur to check out the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.