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TXT 236
TXT 236

Niche Rug

TXT 236

probably Central Iran (Qazvin, Qum, Isfahan or Kashan)

circa 1570–80

TXT 236

Niche Rug

TXT 236

probably Central Iran (Qazvin, Qum, Isfahan or Kashan)

circa 1570–80

wool pile with metal thread, on a silk foundation; asymmetrical knot

164 x 102cm

This is one of four identical niche carpets, with spiral arabesque scroll filling and cartouches with the Ayat al-Kursi (surah al-Baqarah, II, verse 255) and verse 56 of the surah al-Ahzab (XXXIII). These verses are an integral part of Shi‘ite daily prayers. The niche design of these carpets suggests that they would have been hung on a wall facing Mecca, to serve as a mihrab [see TXT 186, TXT 198 for Ottoman examples].

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.398, p.335.