Magnificent Antique Caucasian Dagestan Prayer Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Caucasian, Circa Date: 1890 – This magnificent Caucasian Dagestan rug is an excellent example of what a beautiful antique prayer rug should look like. This impressive antique Caucasian rug combines masterful use of color and geometric motifs based on the square to create an antique rug that is both functional and beautiful at the same time. This highly collectible antique rug uses three different color schemes to separate the formal elements of the rug. Each of them is different, but but the various sections complement each other in a way that creates a cohesive overall design.
A prayer design rug is distinguished by the presence of a mihrab, or prayer niche. This represents the prayer niche of the mosque. The top of the mihrab must point towards Mecca during recitation of the prayers. The purpose of the prayer design rug is functional and is designed to create a clean space for prayers, but they are often beautifully designed works of textile art as well. They are great examples of Islamic art and each one will differ in design from region to region. That said, all of them have similar basic mihrab element as dictated by their original intended used and function.
The mihrab of his gold prayer design rug is features tribal elements in blues and reds that were set against an ivory background. The border echoes the mihrab design feature in that it too features jewel tone colored elements that are set against the same ivory colored background color. Tribal primitive floral motifs adorn the gold background of the tribal rug and are stylized in a way that they create square and angular shapes. This is a beautiful gold colored prayer design rug that could serve as a functional and decorative rug that is sure to enhance any interior decor in one’s home or office.