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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Unknown Artist
Prayer Carpet
Textile Arts
Work Type
19th century
Creation Place: Middle East, Turkey, Milas
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
154 x 116 cm (60 5/8 x 45 11/16 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
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Prayer carpet with red field, two amulets, bottom of side borders not resolved. Two amulet motifs.

Warps: 2 Z spun S plied undyed ivory wool; warps on one level. Wefts: 1 Z spun yarn, in 1 + 1 construction in red and darker red wool. Pile: 2 Z spun S plied wool. Pile colors: red, light orange, yellow, blue-green, blue, purple, undyed ivory, black/brown (corrosive). Knots: symmetrical. 34 knots per vertical decimeter; 35 knots per horizontal decimeter; 1190 knots per square decimeter. Both selvedges: 4 flat bundles of 2 warps each wrapped in red weft wool. Top: 3/5 cm. of tapestry weave with approximately 1 cm. right to left flat transverse warp braid. Bottom: 1.5 cm. red tapestry weave, stripped.
Publication History

Walter B. Denny, Oriental Rugs, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C, 1979), p. 49, fig. 29

Exhibition History

Pride of the Village: Rugs and Kilims of Turkey, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/08/1988 - 10/09/1988

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

Woven, Hammered, and Thrown: Textiles and Objects from the Islamic World, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/22/1991 - 08/18/1991

Pattern and Purpose. Decorative Arts of Islam., Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/19/1994 - 07/03/1994

A Grand Legacy: Arts of the Ottoman Empire, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/09/1999 - 01/02/2000

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

32Q: 2550 Islamic, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/06/2019 - 08/02/2021

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