Reed Mat

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Woven mats were commonly used throughout the Middle East as floor coverings in private abodes and religious buildings. The Arabic inscription in kufic script, wishing "Complete blessing and universal prosperity and continued happiness and joy to its owner," is repeated twice within a field enclosed by a lozenge border and plain bands. A similar mat, now in the Benaki Museum in Athens, bears an inscription stating that it was made in the tiraz workshop of Tiberias.

Reed Mat, Hemp (warp), straw (weft); weft faced plain weave, brocaded

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