Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah

Published May 31st, 2011 - 12:14 GMT

The Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah (DAI) is a cultural organisation based on a Kuwaiti private art collection.   Since its inception in 1983, DAI has grown from a single focus organisation created to manage the loan of the prestigious al-Sabah Collection of art from the Islamic world to the State of Kuwait to become an internationally recognised cultural organisation.Growth hasn’t been limited to the role of the organisation, as Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah and his wife, DAI director general Sheikha Hussah Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah, continue to foster the development of the collection, ensuring that all media and techniques are included.  As such, the collection preserves and presents all aspects of the art and includes more than 30,000 pieces from the full geographic and chronological range of the Islamic world, from Spain to China,  from the 1st – 13th centuries AH/     7th – 19th centuries AD.