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Conservation of the Collection

Conservation of the Islamic art collection at Shangri La involves examination, documentation, treatment and preventive care supported by research and education, preserving it for future study and enjoyment. 

About Conservation

About Conservation

To ensure the stability of its cultural property, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA) works with a number of professional conservators, including specialists in stone, glass, ceramics, metals, textiles, paintings and paper.

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Syrian Room

Syrian Room

The project began in 2009 and has continued through three phases into 2012, with additional work expected in 2013 and 2014.

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Damascus Room

Damascus Room

Since its installation in the mid-1950s, the Damascus Room has experienced tremendous stresses, including a dramatic change in climate, resulting in instability.

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Mihrab (Prayer Niche)

Mihrab (Prayer Niche)

This ceramic tile mosaic mihrab, which Doris Duke (1912–93) purchased in 1975, was originally attributed to the “15th or 16th century.”

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Suzani

Suzani

This suzani was in fair to good condition at the initial conservation examination, June 9, 2002. Each plain-weave embroidered panel is approximately 101” by 10–11.5” wide.

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Embroidered Textile

Embroidered Textile

This embroidered textile, made of metallic and silk threads, was in fair to fragile structural condition at the time of the examination at Shangri La on January 23, 2001.

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