The ‘UK’s first and largest Islamic artwork gallery’ at Bradford mill

A “distinctive” Islamic artwork gallery in a Bradford mill is believed to be the primary expertise of its variety within the UK and Europe.

Artz-i Islamic Artwork & Present Gallery has remodeled a part of an previous mill on Longside Lane into an area for Iranian, Spanish, Turkish, Egyptian and Baghdadi artwork.

Founder Mohammed Rasul has moved the earlier Artz-i store from the metropolis centre to create a one-of-a-kind buying expertise.

It’s attracting purchasers from throughout the continent in America and the UK.

Mohammed, who has travelled the world over and labored for a lot of iconic vogue manufacturers in New York, stated: “We do quite a lot of analysis simply to seek out our opponents, however there actually isn’t anyone doing what we’re doing.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:  Artz-i Islamic Art & Gift Gallery in Bradford Artz-i Islamic Artwork & Present Gallery in Bradford (Picture: Newsquest)

“It’s superb when folks stroll into the gallery or when we’ve exhibitions and so they simply say, ‘Wow’.

“You may freely are available to get pleasure from one thing very totally different that you simply’ve in all probability by no means skilled earlier than. It’s so good for teenagers to see and be impressed.

“We at all times encourage folks to only come and have a stroll round.”

He added: “I’ve quite a lot of artists from Baghdad. Having been destroyed by the struggle, it’s actually cool I can keep working with them and so they get a supply of revenue.

“There’s nothing like an previous mill, the previous trusses within the ceiling. It creates a stylish really feel. It offers that inventive really feel.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:  Artz-i Islamic Art & Gift Gallery in Bradford Artz-i Islamic Artwork & Present Gallery in Bradford (Picture: Newsquest)

“This mill has quite a lot of historical past.

“Most of my gross sales are on-line – 80 per cent is on-line. From that 80 per cent I’d say 40 per cent is worldwide. From that majority is America. America simply loves these items. London’s an enormous one for us.”

The partitions are filled with unique bespoke-made and faith-led artworks – from 99 stones that includes the names of Allah and depictions of camels within the desert, to scannable QR codes for Qur’an readings.

There are literally thousands of conventional and fashionable Islamic-inspired artworks to view – making it one of many greatest Islamic artwork galleries. 

Artz-i presently employs seven folks, together with half time roles, who additionally create artworks within the on-site studio.

While you wander, the café is open for refreshments.

Mohammed, who grew up in Manchester, stated: “In December 2014, we opened. Covid occurred so we moved out from there. It was unhappy to go away the house.

“I had the choice of leaving Bradford.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:  The team at Artz-i Islamic Art & Gift Gallery in Bradford The staff at Artz-i Islamic Artwork & Present Gallery in Bradford (Picture: Newsquest)

“There’s one thing in Bradford that not many cities have. There’s a chemistry no different metropolis can present. From retailing in Bradford, it was superb how non-Muslims had been wanting on the artwork. They had been like, is that this a part of Islam? That was lovely for me. I assumed, I don’t wish to depart this in a means. This dynamic saved me in Bradford.

“It’s the those who make a spot. That’s what I sensed in Bradford, this lovely fluidity.”

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