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Shirvan Prayer Carpet with Lattice Pattern on White Field

Artist Culture
Transcaucasian
Date
late 19th century
Material
Wool
Made in
Caucasus, Dagestan, Asia
Classification
Textiles
Current Location
On View, Gallery 120
Dimensions
59 x 39 3/4 in. (149.9 x 101 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Nellie Ballard White
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
297:1972
NOTES
This carpet could be considered a prayer rug because of the mihrab, or arch, at the top of the center field. When in use, a prayer rug is positioned so that the gabled arch is oriented toward Mecca. In practice, very few Muslims use such expensive and cumbersome carpets for their prayers, preferring simpler and more practical coverings. Many rugs with prayer designs were made because they were popular with foreign buyers.
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