This gallery showcases the
beauty of the pearls harvested for centuries in the waters of Qatar.
The first exhibit focuses on the
pearl merchant, displaying natural
pearls and equipment for sorting and measuring. Behind these artefacts,
you will see the prized pearl jewellery pieces that were made as far away as India and Europe, and were owned
by ancient kings and 20th century celebrities. The centrepiece is the Baroda Carpet, a covering made in India for the tomb of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), which is embellished with over 1.5 million Gulf seed pearls.
The gallery is flanked by a display presenting the costumes, jewellery and musical instruments associated with festivals and celebrations, such as Al Guffal, marking the return of the pearl divers at the end of the season.