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Prayer Rug

A work made of wool; plain weave with supplementary wrapping wefts forming cut pile ("turkish"/ghiordes) knots.
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  • A work made of wool; plain weave with supplementary wrapping wefts forming cut pile ("turkish"/ghiordes) knots.

Date:

second half of 19th century

Artist:

Caucasus, Kuba District

About this artwork

The representation of hands on either side of the arch is found almost exclusively on Caucasian prayer carpets. They are traditionally associated with the placement of the faithful’s hands during prayer. Additional symbolism has developed, based on Koranic references to the Hand of Allah, which can be associated with the magic number five, derived from the five basic beliefs of Islam, the five daily prayers, and the five members of the Prophet’s family: Mohammed, Ali, Fatimah, Hasan and Husain.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Title

Prayer Rug

Place

Caucasus (Object made in)

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Made 1850–1900

Medium

Wool; plain weave with supplementary wrapping wefts forming cut pile ("Turkish"/Ghiordes) knots

Dimensions

160.3 × 124.7 cm (63 × 49 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Minnie L. Patterson

Reference Number

1950.1491

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