For the first time in Iraq, the Al-Kafeel Museum embraces a course of the art industry and the arabesque maintenance under the supervision of an international expert..

Al-Kafeel Museum at the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine includes many collectibles and antiques, most of which are of the Islamic character. And in order to access the world of museum knowledge, secrets and arts, the Museum Department at the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine has elaborated a methodology plan that includes the establishment of many specialized courses in different fields designed to enhance the level of its staff. And most recently a course about the arabesque art and its maintenance was held and lasted for fifteen days under the supervision of the international expert Mr. Safar Sami from Iran, which is well reputed on the arabesque manufacturing and maintenance.

Al-Kafeel Network was present at one of this session's classes and met with the head of the mentioned department, Mr. Sadeq Lazem, who has explained the following: "This course is one of the specialized courses that will be given in stages and according to the specialities. The first phase included the definition of the arabesque art, or the sculpture on wood, a very precise art, which is one of the oldest Arab arts, but not in Iraq. And, because we have in the museum many affected collectibles such as Wands, painting and Quranic frames, our employees of the laboratory, who are carrying out restoration works, have taken this course in order to master this wonderful art."

The supervisor of this session, Mr. Safar Sami has stated: "I came today to the holy city of Karbala for the establishment of this course, to serve our master Aba Al-Fadl Al-Abbas (peace be upon him) and to teach this creative art to a number of technicians and workers in the holy shrine museum, so that they master this art in the future. Noting that this art "Arabesque" is a creative work for the finishing of the arts, and it needs to precision and concentration. God willing, if the trainees learn the techniques they will find pleasure in the completion of their work on the required quality and accuracy."

It is noteworthy that the art (arabesque) is one of the authentic art of more than a thousand years and that characterized the Arab-Islamic civilization. It is originally of architectural character that interferes often in furniture. This art (arabesque) has emerged during the last decades of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century.
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