Art History Courses with Roberta Marin

12 May '22 at 6:00 pm - 16 June '22 at 8:00 pm

Our History of Islamic and Arab Art courses are run by Roberta Marin, exploring the region’s art and artists through a wide variety of themed programmes.

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dates: 12 May '22 | 19 May '22 | 26 May '22 | 9 June '22 | 16 June '22 | 23 June '22

Please note this course was originally scheduled to run in February but has now been postponed to May.

The history of carpet weaving in the Islamic world will be the focus of this 6-week course. Through the analysis of the most iconic carpets, you will learn about threads, materials, patterns and stylistic trends as well as about patrons and places of manufacture. The course will be completed by an excursus on the export of carpets from the Islamic world to Europe, mainly Italy, and an overview of the depiction of carpets in the paintings of the most celebrated Renaissance artists.

This course will run online on Zoom from 6-8pm GMT weekly.

Class 1

General introduction and how to make a carpet.

Seljuk carpets

Class 2

Mamluk carpets

Class 3

Safavid carpets

Class 4

Ottoman carpets

Class 5

Mughal carpets

Class 6

Carpets in art

Roberta Marin on how she became interested in art from the Arab world and how her career developed from there.

After my BA, I had the opportunity to travel extensively in the Middle East and I became fascinated by the rich culture of the countries I visited. I enjoyed losing myself in the souks, wandering inside the major mosques and madrasas in Cairo, Istanbul, Marrakesh and absorbing a new vocabulary of patterns and motifs. I was inspired to do an MA in Art and Archaeology with a focus on Islamic Art and Architecture at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). It was an exciting year!

I met excellent lecturers who were a source of inspiration and thanks to a scholarship by Ralph Pinder-Wilson, I had the financial support to do fieldwork for my MA thesis in Cairo. Following my MA, I worked at the Asian Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, collaborated with the Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, and I  taught at various public institutions, such as the Birkbeck College, the London College of Communication, SOAS, Asia House and the University of York. The interest I developed in Islamic art and architecture during my travels and the year as MA student at SOAS have changed my life and I have to admit that they have been the best things that could have ever happened to me!

How will the course be taught? Via Zoom. You will be sent the login details prior to the start of the course.

How many students will be in each class? There will be a maximum of 20 students in each class.

What methods of payment do you accept? Please use our online booking system (Go to ‘COURSES’ on the main menu of our website, select the course you are interested in and click ‘BOOK NOW’) to secure a seat on a course. You will need a debit or credit card to make a payment. Seats are reserved on a first come first serve basis.

What methods of payment do you accept? Please book for courses on our website above or call the Arab British Centre to pay by card over the phone.

Can I book a place and pay later? No, your place on the course will only be confirmed on receipt of the course fee in full.

What is your refund policy? Our courses rely on meeting minimum numbers to run, and are often over-subscribed, so the sooner you let us know you’ve changed your mind the better. We can then open your place up to someone else. Our rules on refunds are:

  • Full refund (minus Stripe booking fees) if you let us know up to 2 weeks before the start date of the course
  • 50% refund (minus Stripe booking fees) if you let us know 8-13 days before the start date of the course
  • No refund if you let us know 1 week or less before the start of the course

For every booking made on our website we have to pay Stripe a small fee. If you request a refund, this fee will be deducted from your refunded amount.

What happens if you cancel the course? We will endeavour to ensure courses are not cancelled but if this does happen we will contact you as quickly as we can to let you know and to arrange a full refund.

Please contact us if you have any further questions on 020 78321310 or


The Arab British Centre


The Arab British Centre