Led by Aimée Froom, curator, art of the Islamic worlds

Garden Paradise: The Magnificent Safavid Carpet from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow explores the importance of the garden to Islamic culture through the lens of the renowned Wagner Garden Carpet. This rarely displayed masterpiece, woven in southeastern Iran in the 17th century, is one of the three earliest surviving Persian garden carpets in the world. The exhibition also features a selection of garden-themed objects on long-term loan from the collection of Hossein Afshar.

On this Exclusive Tour, see how the works in Garden Paradise demonstrate the profound appeal of garden imagery across all artistic media, from ceramics and metalwork to the art of the book in Islamic lands, within the context of the one-of-a-kind Wagner Garden Carpet.

About Exclusive Tours 
Exclusive Tours offer access to select Museum exhibitions on special Mondays, when the Museum is closed to the public. In these lively, in-depth walking tours, Museum experts share their expansive knowledge about the featured exhibition. After the tour, discuss your experience over a glass of sparkling wine.

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MFAH Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Sharon G. Dies; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; the Kress Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; the Susan Vaughan Foundation; the CFP Foundation; the Cockrell Family Fund; the Joe Barnhart Foundation; the Carruth Foundation, Inc.; Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P.; Ralph H. and Ruth J. McCullough Foundation; Mrs. Denise D. Monteleone; William A. and Madeline Smith Charitable Trust; Texas Commission on the Arts; the Claire and Theodore Morse Foundation; Dr. Angela Apollo; the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design; Mr. and Mrs. Dan English III; Mrs. Nancy Glanville Jewell; Mary Lynn and Steve Marks; the Summerlee Foundation; the Swergold Family Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wheeler; Christine and Jaime Yordan Foundation; the Junior League of Houston, Inc.; Polly and Murry Bowden; Nancy and Jim Gordon; Lubrizol Foundation; and Mr. and Mrs. S. Stacy Eastland.

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment funds provided by Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; Virginia and Ira Jackson; the Favrot Fund; Neiman Marcus Youth Arts Education; gifts in memory of John Wynne; and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.