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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1977.151
Title
Prayer Carpet
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
rug
Date
19th century
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Turkey, Kula
Period
Ottoman period
Culture
Ottoman
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/214298
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Wool
Dimensions
irregular: 177 x 132 cm (69 11/16 x 51 15/16 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Elizabeth Gowing, Harborne W. Stuart, Peggy Coolidge, and the Estate of W.I. Stuart in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Willoughby H. Stuart, Jr.
Accession Year
1977
Object Number
1977.151
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Blue and red Kula prayer carpet, with architectural elements: column (with no bases), and a hanging lamp that has dissolved into floral motif. Hyacinths and tulips.

Warp: 2 Z spun S plied undyed ivory wool; alternate warps slightly depressed. Weft: 1 Z spun in light red and undyed white; 2 or 2 parallel + 1 yarns per shot; lazy lines. Pile: 2 Z spun Z plied wool. Pile colors: dark red (heavily abrashed), pale yellow-green, pale yellow, light blue, dark blue, buff (original color possibly purple), purple-black, undyed white. Knots: symmetrical; knots per vertical decimeter: 34-41; knots per horizontal decimeter: 30-31; knots per square decimeter: 1020 - 1271. Both selvedges: repaired. Both ends: tapestry weave, stripped.
Exhibition History

Enter Ye the Garden: Prayer Rugs of Islam, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/26/1989 - 08/20/1989

The Best Workmanship, the Finest Materials: Prayer Carpets of the Islamic World, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/03/2002 - 12/15/2002

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