I remember in the old days when the glass pyramid of the Louvre wasn’t even built, visitors would have to search around the labyrinth of huge halls, grand stairways and endless hallways for the Islamic collection which was then placed “hidden” in some small rooms in the Pavilion de l’Horloge. The collection was later moved to a spacier and larger place of the Richelieu wing following the project of the construction of the Grand Louvre in 1993. It wasn’t till last year when the new islamic department opened its doors in a specially made place of the Cour Visconti impressively constructed with a new glass roofing in the form of an undulating gold metal covering the courtyard resembling wings of a dragonfly. For a long time, I have always this great passion for arms and armor. The Louvre has one of the world most impressive collections of Islamic Mughal swords, daggers with inlaid carved ivory gold and silver hilts. It is certainly worth a visit.
The Islamic collection created in the late 18th century was acquired from many great collectors including that of Louis XIV, Rothschilds, Charles Piet-Lataudrie, Delort de Gléon among others as well as from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. So the next time you are in Paris, and when visiting the Louvre make a nice detour to discover another hidden treasure of this amazing Islamic collection at one of the world most beautiful museum.