Minbar Design Prayer Rug
Gund Gallery at Kenyon College - 2017-05-26
|ID# 1085||Date: 1980s|| - ||Size 52 x 82 inches
(132 X208 cm)
8 h X 8
|Origin: Afghanistan||Style:Peshawar - Kabul - Hand spun||Tribe: Turkman|
|This is a large format prayer rug. Attribution from Kleiber given the drawing style of the mosque and layout even though the two rugs have remarkably different mihrabs. The mosques in this rug are more of Turkmenistan style architecture than most Afghan mosques similar to other Afghan rugs.
Kunduz states that "The design used in the prayer rug illustrated is also found as an all over pattern in carpet sizes. It is not agol, of course, but a representation of the minbar, the focal 'pulpit' of the mosque set up next to the qibla..."
|Wool: Mostly undyed hand spun ||Sheen: Subtle satin sheen || Handle: Floppy ||Selvedge: Flat 2 cord alternating at 18 inch lengths between burgundy and indigo. The two cords are joined in a cross between herringbone and braided technique|
|Fringe: Ends unwoven, Persian closure ||Pile: 5mm||Warp: Coarse, slightly dark wool 1Z1S||Weft: 2 cords grey wool|
|Warp Depression:minimum to 30|