Plain weave in undyed bast fiber; inscription and decoration in brocading weft; fringe along one edge
87 13/16 x 45 1/4 in. (223 x 115 cm)
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
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.