Rug: L. 64 1/2 in. (163.8 cm)
W. 48 1/4 in. (122.5 cm)
Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1970
Not on view
This tapestry-woven prayer rug is an example of the fine production of Sanandaj, a center in the province of Kurdistan in northwestern Iran. The tapestry technique (kilim) makes it lighter and more fragile than a knotted pile rug, and such objects were often used as decorative wall hangings. The change of colors in the densely patterned rows of flowers enlivens the otherwise simple composition of an arched mihrab, or prayer niche, filled with flowers within and outside the niche.
Joseph V. McMullan, New York (by 1965–70; gifted to MMA)
McMullan, Joseph V., and Ernst J. Grube. Islamic Carpets. New York: Near Eastern Art Research Center, 1965. no. 35, pp. 148-149, ill. fig. 35 (color).
Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. pp. 92-93, ill. fig. 126 (b/w).
Denny, Walter B. How to Read Islamic Carpets. New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014. pp. 44-45, ill. fig. 31 (color).