Antique Bashir Afghan Prayer Rug, Country of Origin: Afghanistan, Circa date: Late 19th Century – This dazzling antique Afghan Bashir prayer rug displays a fantastic assortment of geometric repeating patterns that exemplify the Bashir group’s preference toward miniaturization and small-scale ornamentation. The clear ivory and red field is intersected by poly-chromatic barber-pole dividers that form a multitude of compartmental cells. These quaint boxes are filled with tessellating triangles rendered in fleecy white and regal Turkoman reds. The intricately patterned latticework field and angular ram’s horn-topped mihrab are framed by a meadow of oxidized flower heads. Following the traditions of the Bashir tribe and greater Turkoman group, the dominant colors include robust red and saturated blue paired with striking white accents. The strong colors and bold geometric patterns on this antique Afghan Bashir payer rug continue in the intricate borders and guard-bands, which display a marvelous assortment of hourglass figures and highly geometric ornaments.