Lecture: Islamic Textiles from Iberia: Reevaluating their Role in the Mediterranean Context
Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS-University of London
Date: 25/4/2018, Time: 7:00 PM
From the turn of the 20th century, the study of Medieval textiles has increased its scholarly presence. Studies and projects carried out on Late Antique and Early Medieval textiles from Egypt have had an impact on the development of Medieval textile research in Iberia. At present, three research projects, apart from mine, are studying different aspects of Iberian textiles, from their raw materials to the inscriptions or their presence in Christian treasuries.
The lecture will offer an overview of the research in progress on medieval textiles from Iberia. Three different cases will be the focus of the presentation. The first is the textiles preserved in the Treasury of San Isidoro of León. The second is the textiles from the Cathedral of Roda de Isábena (Huesca) relating to the burial of the Bishop San Ramón (beginning of the 12th century). And the third case is the medieval textile collection acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum between 1854 and 1920.
These three cases will help us to contextualise the Medieval Islamic textiles found in Iberia and their role in local and larger Mediterranean framework between the 9th to 13th centuries. One of the aims of this lecture is to offer an opportunity to reflect on how these textiles have been studied and collected up to the mid-20th century and their reevaluation in the light of new data.
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Project Interwoven
Victoria and Albert Museum, London