Antique Turkish Bergama Prayer Rug, Country of Origin: Turkey, Circa Date: 1900– Prayer rugs occupy a sacred place in the daily lives of Muslims and are easily identified by the “Mihrab,” which mimics the vestibules found inside of mosques and is intended to point in the direction of Mecca. This colorful Turkish prayer rug features a striking geometric pattern in shades of saffron, espresso, eggshell, moss green, and cerulean. The motifs around the border depict arrows pointing outward and inward, perhaps a nod to the twin virtues of worship and self-awareness. Bergama rugs are notoriously rich in iconography; the diamond is said to represent womanhood while the star is said to be a symbol of faith and spirituality. Despite the solemnity of its purpose, the overall effect of this rug is one of celebration and vivacity.