Professor Nasser D. Khalili and the Khalili Collections

Professor Nasser D. Khalili PhD, KCSS, KCFO is a world-renowned scholar, collector and philanthropist, who has often been called the ‘cultural ambassador of Islam’ by leaders of Muslim countries.

After completing his schooling and national service in Iran he moved to the United States of America in 1967, where he continued his education. In 1978 he settled in the United Kingdom.

Since 1970 Professor Khalili has assembled, under the auspices of The Khalili Family Trust, eight of the world’s finest and most comprehensive art collections: Islamic art (700–2000), Hajj and the arts of pilgrimage (700–2000), Aramaic documents (353–324 bc), Japanese art of the Meiji period (1868–1912), Japanese kimono (1700–2000), Swedish textiles (1700–1900), Spanish damascene metalwork (1850–1900) and Enamels of the world (1700–2000). Together, the eight collections comprise some 25,000 works. Each of the eight collections is on its own merit the largest and most comprehensive in the world. The Khalili Collections will be fully represented in a series of 88 books, including exhibition catalogues, of which 70 have already been published.