History’s Hands

23.04.2020 Innovation

In 2011, The Metropolitan Museum opened the new galleries for the art of the Arab Lands, which house the Museum’s collection of Islamic art. At the heart of all those galleries would create the main feature of Moroccan and southern Spanish Islamic architecture: a medieval Maghrebi-Andalusian-style courtyard.

This documentary showcase a marvelous journey from the former city of Fez, Morocco, to the museum of New York. A journey through islamic art that reflect the construction of a court in the 21st century, steeped in the traditions of the past. All this thanks to a group of artisans — workers in historical North African tile and the upholders of rare artisanal methods—. The result was a complex geometry where more than 70 tiles create a colorful motif that is copied, rotated and arranged into a layered pattern. The beauty of this kind of design is emphasized by the craftsmanship as the hand gives the materials warmth and gives it something extra.

In its 140 years of history, The Met has concerns itself with the work of dead artists and had rarely undertaken to install a work of a group of living craftsmen inside the museum for the purposes of creating a exquisite work with ceramic materials, plaster and wood ornament.