Central Anatolia Konya Prayer Rug

Middle of 19th century Central Anatolia Konya Prayer Rug

A slim tree of life decorated with abstract birds stands at the centre of the open, blazing red mihrab field, its tip aligned towards the apex of the steep stepped prayer arch. It is flanked by stars on both sides. The two red water jugs seen in the green section above the arch are a traditional symbol of purification often encountered in prayer rugs. Highly abstract palmettes and sickle leaves adorn the ochre border which is framed by secondary borders of colourful triangles. – A number of repiled sections, restored selvedges, now in good condition.Size 121 x 155 cm

DODDS, DENNIS & EILAND, MURRAY L., JR. (ed.), Oriental Rugs From Atlantic Collections. Philadelphia 1996, no. 44

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