Prayer Rug

Prayer Rug

Late 1800s
Locale
Rajasthan Province
Country
India, Pakistan, Uncertain
Style/Tradition
Islamic
prayer rug
Gift from Stolper Gallery Ltd.
1987.23
. Prayer Rug. Late 1800s. Gift from Stolper Gallery Ltd.. 1987.23.
This object is currently on view
Dimensions
length: 45 7/8 in, 116.5225 cm; width: 31 7/8 in, 80.9625 cm
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-Asian

Prayer Rug
Late 1800s or early 1900s
India or Pakistan
Cotton
Gift of Stolper Galley Ltd.
1987.23

For believers in Islam, a prayer rug is more than just a mat for praying; the rug’s design incorporates important Islamic symbols. Because most prayer rugs were made locally, their materials and weaving techniques differ, and patterns and colors vary from region to region. One constant is that these rugs are usually woven to include a representation of a mihrab, the niche in a mosque wall that points toward Mecca, the holy center of Islam.