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prayer rug
  • Turkey
  • prayer rug, early 1700s
  • Where object was made: Ghiordes, Turkey
  • weaving
  • Object Length/Width: 180 x 136 cm
    Object Length/Width: 71 x 53 1/2 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.0821

Oriental prayer with a rectangle in the center. There is a geometric border along the bottom with five somewhat oval shapes above it. The two outermost have bands (columns) rising up to the top. There is a border along the top (spandrel, arch) with a niche shape in the center. A somewhat oval shape (sacred lamp) is connected to the center of the niche by a line. There are seven borders that are around all fours sides. The three on the outside and inside are thinner with feathered foliate and geometric motifs. The center border is as wide as three of the smaller borders and has red, green, and white geometric motifs. Woven with depressed, alternate warp threads.