22. A fascinating Kizilayak Turkoman Prayer Rug

Antique Afghan Kizilayak Turkoman Prayer Rug

22. Provenance: Kizilayak Tribe, Northern Afghanistan. ref O’bannon, p134

Size: 145 x 77cm

Age: Circa 1900

Condition: Perfect. Full lustrous pile. Excellent wool

Notes: This prayer rug has only natural dyes, with a range of warm tone browns (madder, pomegranite) on an undyed ivory wool field, with highlights in yellow (saffron). It is a literal Islamic design that came in around the turn of the century, and shows 11 mihrabs (minarets) capping a whole mosque design. The worshiper hence kneels in the central ‘compound’ and prays (towards Mecca of course). The figures above this area may be worshipers with arms outstretched in prayer.

 

Price: 

£675
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