“The center is rich with a number of priceless historical manuscripts that cannot be found anywhere in the world except at the KFCIRS,” said Abdullah bin Khaled, the center’s director of research.
“This exhibition features decorative manuscripts, specifically. We welcome all visitors to the exhibition, which will be open for six months.”
The event — which was officially opened on Feb. 6 by Turki Al-Faisal, the center’s chairman, and Bader bin Abdullah, the Saudi minister of culture — showcases a variety of ornate Islamic manuscripts, including ancient and rare examples, which provide insight into Islamic art and calligraphy.
The 60 exhibits include illustrated manuscripts embellished with gold and featuring different forms of calligraphy from across the centuries and dynasties.
They are just a small selection from the 60,000 precious and historical manuscripts preserved by the center, a collection of international Islamic manuscripts and rare heritage pieces that is considered one of the largest in the world.
The art of decorating and gilding manuscripts flourished in the Islamic world in the Middle Ages.
The exhibition will be open to the public for the next six months, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m, according to Arab News.