Gallery: The Louvre’s Golden-Roofed Department of Islamic Arts Opens Th...

This weekend the Musée du Louvre is set to open the latest addition to its galleries - the Department of Islamic Arts. Designed by Italian Mario Bellini and the Frenchman Rudy Ricciotti, the gallery is located in the Visconti Courtyard and is covered in a luminous golden flying carpet. The two level gallery is flooded with diffuse natural light and it displays over 3,000 Islamic works, whose origins range from Spain to India and date from the 8th to the 19th century. The radical new gallery opens officially on September 22 and it will be the museum's largest intervention since I.M. Pei's pyramids in the central courtyard.

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