Worcester porcelain borrowed design inspiration from all over the world to keep up with the tastes of its customers. This started with China and Japan in the 18th century but the industry also looked to the arts and cultural traditions of the Islamic worlds of the Middle East and India in the 19th and 20th centuries influencing some of their most elaborate and high status objects.
In 2019 the Museum achieved project funding to enable an expert in the arts and design of Islam to spend time looking at the Museum’s collections and archives that bear Arabic calligraphy and borrow patterns and shapes from these cultural traditions. This research culminated in a display in the Museum’s Twentieth Century Gallery until February 2021.
From this page you can explore some of the objects recently on display, and find out more about the project, funded and supported by Arts Council England, The Islamic Art & Material Culture SSN, Birmingham Museums and West Midlands Museum Development’s Expert Eye scheme.