Syrian Living

Complete book for the Aga Khan Museum.


Hospitality was — and still is — highly valued in the Middle East. Private homes in seventeenth- to nineteenth-century Syria contained rooms specifically designed and decorated to receive guests. These rooms were the most lavishly decorated spaces in the house, something very much in evidence with the panels of the Damascus Room in the Diwan restaurant at the Aga Khan Museum.

Syrian Living: Medieval to Modern casts an illuminating spotlight on various aspects of the interior decoration of the historic houses in Damascus. Lavishly illustrated in full colour, Syrian Living provides a thorough investigation of the Aga Khan Museum’s own Damascus Room and other Syrian artworks of the Museum’s collection.

Cover art: detail from Damascus Room, Aga Khan Museum AKM810.

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