Cartier and The Road to The Middle East

Chapter 4: “Cartier and The Road to The Middle East”


From the early 20th century, Louis Cartier discovers Islamic art. It is an encounter, an aesthetic collision. An avid collector, passionate about art and curious about foreign cultures, he sees the power of these stylised yet abstract motifs. In 1911, his brother, Jacques, visits the Gulf establishing first contact and setting some milestones which will become one of the foundations of Cartier style.