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prayer rug
  • Turkey
  • prayer rug, date unknown
  • Where object was made: Turkey
  • weaving
  • Object Length/Width: 182.88 x 134.62 cm
    Object Length/Width: 72 x 53 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.0825

Oriental prayer rug (of the Kir Shehr type) with a rectangle in the center that has a pointed top and at the bottom the ends point inward. There is a tree (tree of life) in the center and geometric motifs (including temple lamps). There are four bands that surround the rectangle on all four sides. The inner most and third band are thin. The second band from the middle has a white base with a blue and red undulating line. The outermost border has circular motifs connected with a line (floral?). It is loosely woven.