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    Prayer Rug
    Constantinople; 17th c.;

    These prayer rugs are easily distinguishable by their mihrab (prayer niche) which, when the rug is spread on the ground for prayers, is placed in the direction of Mecca. The mihrab and design of the rug is based on the design of a mosque interior to conjure deep concentration from the worshipper at prayer.

    The rug is of characteristic size, and the decorative composition is a fine combination of Persian and Ottoman motifs. It is of special interest because of the nature of the quotations. These are not the usual texts from the Qur'an but are philosophic and poetic.