Majestic Antique Persian Senneh Kilim Prayer Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Persia, Circa date: 1880 – Antique Persian Senneh rugs are from the northwest region of Persia, now Iran, and are known as some of the best rugs in the world. The area of Senneh is now called Sanandaj and gave these beautiful rugs their name. The people of the region speak a distinct dialect, and their antique Persian rugs have unique qualities that make them some of the most desirable in the world. This prayer design kilim rug is a fine example of why the antique rugs of this region find their way into collections and inspired interior spaces. This rug has several characteristics and history that make it stand out.
The design of the rug is the first thing that stands out. It is known as a Mihrab, which is the prayer niche of a mosque. The Islamic Prayer design rugs are meant to mimic the architectural feature and are used in daily prayers when one cannot attend a mosque. It is possible, due to the size of this piece, that it may have been used in a home as a special place for prayer or in a mosque itself. Prayer rugs are a special category because they were made for religious purposes in a public space, but sometimes, the family created them for themselves. These highly collectible antique area rugs held a deep meaning for the weaver and those who would use them to connect with the sublime.
Another feature that sets this rug apart is the time when it was created. In the late 1800’s, the Persian rug industry was undergoing a renaissance. During that time, masters were creating beautiful pieces that were reminiscent of those produced during the Golden Age of Persian art in the late 16th century. The artistry and colors of the rugs produced during this renaissance stand out in their breathtaking beauty.
Pile and kilim rugs from Senneh often stand out for their brilliant deep blues and rich reds. The artist used contrasting color and form to make the prayer niche stand out and appear to be more realistic. Persian rugs are finding their way into a range of modern and traditional decor styles. This one has a unique design and history that set it apart from more common Persian rugs. This breathtaking piece has a sublime quality and will make a beautiful addition to your collection, home, or office.