Alexander the Great Citadel Prayer War Rug with Three Helicopters
Miami University Art Museum - 2007-09-07
Gund Gallery at Kenyon College - 2017-05-26
|ID# 405||Date: 1980's or early 1990's acquired 1999|| - ||Size 33 x 49 inches
(84 X124 cm)
8 h X 11
|Origin: Afghanistan||Style:Prayer War Rugs||Tribe: Taimani|
|Perhaps the most impressive architecture depicted is Alexander's Citadel from the 4th Century B.C. The inner guard stripe is very similar to the Homer pl. 5 (Homer, Julian, Exclusively Belouch (Cheltenham, Homer Oriental Rugs, 1986).
The old architecture of the Citadel contrasts with the helicopters above. A mihrab, the mountains, and the trees point towards the top of the rug. Two 'hand emblems' rest on either side of the mihrab indicate where one places their hands during prayer.
|Wool: Soft ||Sheen: Very shiny || Handle: Floppy ||Selvedge: Three cords braided black goat hair|
|Fringe: Two inch kilim. Six cords, 4 purple, 2 yellow, 1 blue, one inch fringe, overhand knots ||Pile: 3mm||Warp: White||Weft: 2 black|
|Warp Depression:30 degrees|