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rug / prayer-carpet

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2010,6013.15

  • Description

    Woven Afghan war rug with a brown background, two decorative borders in brown and navy blue and beige tassels. Shades of burgundy, navy blue, grey and white used throughout. The rug features five niches and five buildings with minarets at the top which suggests that this rug may have been used as a prayer-carpet. The two large central motifs appear to be stylised vases with flowers with images of teapots above. Grey and blue tanks frame the main design.

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  • Date

    • 1979-1989
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 151 centimetres (incl. tassels)
    • Width: 99 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Rugs such as this one are sometimes referred to as 'panj' (five) war rugs because of the five niches (mihrabs) at the top.The two vases may represent ablution vessels and this rug may have served as a prayer rug.

  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    Fair. Has had repairs carried out in the past.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2010

  • Acquisition notes

    Part of a collection donated on 4 April 2010 when they were placed on deposit (Deposit no: 789).

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    2010,6013.15

Woven Afghan war rug with a brown background, two decorative borders in brown and navy blue and beige tassels. Shades of burgundy, navy blue, grey and white used throughout. The rug features five niches and five buildings with minarets at the top which su

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