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Early Modern Ottoman Carpet at the Walters Art Museum

Prayer (Sajjadah) Rug


This carpet is a specific type of carpet woven in the Islamic world called a sajjadah or prayer rug. Typically, these carpets will have one or more arches decorating its center field representing early mosque architecture or the mihrab a niche in a wall that directs the worshipper towards the holy site of Mecca. Worshippers use these types of rugs to make their daily prayers and orient themselves in the direction of prayer. This particular rug was made in eighteenth century in Ottoman Turkey and is currently in The Walters Art Museum Collection. For more details, please visit the museum website.

This source is a part of the Early Modern Islamic Carpets as Transcultural Objects teaching module.

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"Early Modern Ottoman Carpet at the Walters Art Museum," in World History Commons, [accessed October 3, 2023]