Exhibitions/ Art Object

Inscribed Floor Mat

Date:
10th century
Geography:
Made in Israel, Tiberias
Medium:
Plain weave in undyed bast fiber; inscription and decoration in brocading weft; fringe along one edge
Dimensions:
87 13/16 x 45 1/4 in. (223 x 115 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Benaki Museum, Athens (14735)
Not on view
This well-preserved monumental loom-woven reed floor mat may have been used in a domestic setting or as a sijadat salah (prayer rug). The inscriptions state, "Perfect blessing, absolute well­being, and constant happiness to the owner, this that was commissioned from the private workshop of Tabariya." Tiberias (Tabariya), located in a reed-growing area, was famous for its weaving workshops.
Inscription: In Arabi: Perfect blessing and absolute well-being and constant happiness to the owner, this that was commissioned from the private workshop of Tabariya