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Prayer Rug with Niche Design

Object Name:
Carpet
Date:
19th century
Geography:
Made in Western Turkey, Milas
Medium:
Wool (warp, weft, and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
H. 65 in. (165.1 cm) W. 44 in. (111.8 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
The James F. Ballard Collection, Gift of James F. Ballard, 1922
Accession Number:
22.100.24
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459
Prayer rugs or "seccade" carpets were among the most popular rugs woven in Anatolia. Common features are the characteristic niche design evoking the mihrab or prayer niche and the smaller size that makes such carpets suitable for individual use. Departing from classical Ottoman court carpets, distinct designs and styles were created over time in villages and smaller towns of Anatolia, explaining the existence of a variety of types. This example from Milas in western Turkey shows a stylized niche with an arch shaped into a lozenge and a small notch atop the niche, as well a distinct color palette that uses a pale eggplant color in contrast to the more
James F. Ballard, St. Louis, MO (until 1922; gifted to MMA)
Breck, Joseph, and Frances Morris. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art." In The James F. Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1923. no. 75, p. 40, ill. (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 142, pp. 214, 248, ill. fig. 209 (b/w).



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