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Biblical & Religious Rugs

Biblical and Religious Textiles: Connecting to the Divine

Biblical rugs and textiles with religious scenes or that were used in religious ceremonies are some of the most beautiful and collectible in the world. Religious textiles include rugs and tapestries that depict a scene from a familiar story, such as the Bible, Torah, or Quran. Other items in this special category include altar cloths, investitures and ceremonial clothing, and carpets for a mezze table. The one characteristic that ties this special category of pieces together is the beauty and level of artistry, as well as their connection to the divine.

Connecting to the Divine Through Art

One thing that separates this group of carpets and textiles from more secular works is the care and attention that went into making them. Often, you will find carpet dye techniques that are only reserved for the most wealthy and powerful clients. They also tend to have an abundant use of color and metallic threads. The article itself is designed to bring about a feeling of awe that complements the transcendent religious experience. They are meant to take the ordinary experience and transform it into the extraordinary.

Another characteristic that sets this group of biblical rugs and textiles apart is the level of workmanship and skill. These items were not mass-produced, and often, only those who had special religious training were allowed to produce them. This is true, whether the piece is of early Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Zoroastrian, or Buddhist origin. The creation of the piece was not about the object itself, but the work as a representation of something bigger than the material plane of existence.

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Fine Biblical Adam and Eve Scene Turkish Pictorial Antique Silk Rug Nazmiyal

Fine Biblical Adam and Eve Scene Turkish Pictorial Antique Silk Rug

In these textiles, you will often see a level of workmanship that you did not think was possible when only examining secular pieces. Sometimes, these objects were made for a single, specific event or purpose. They also show the extra time and care that one takes when communicating with the divine.

Collectors of Biblical Rugs and Religious Textile

From a historical perspective, religious textiles can tell us a few things about the people and culture for which it was created. This group of textiles displays a level of artistry and skill that one often does not find in secular works. From a collector‘s perspective, they allow us to see the extent of what was possible during a certain time or culture.

Some of the biblical rugs and religious themed textiles were not necessarily originally made with the intent of making a profit. The idea was not to finish a piece quickly so that it could get to market, and you could begin the next piece. The textile was made with a higher purpose, and therefore, one would take their time and do their best work. Many times, these works were commissioned, but the end purpose was not for the money.

Antique Israeli Pictorial Bezalel Rachel’s Tomb Rug Nazmiyal

Antique Israeli Pictorial Bezalel Rachel’s Tomb Rug

These special ceremonial pieces were not the work of ordinary craftsmen. To be commissioned to create such a piece meant that one had reached a certain level of mastery. Even though the artists were often paid well, it was a badge of accomplishment to be asked to create such a piece. The work would be admired by many and would become a public treasure. For the most part, the names and identities of these artists remain unknown to us, but their works continue to captivate and inspire.

Religious textiles and biblical rugs hold a special place, both historically and as part of a collection. They show us what was possible in terms of artistry and technique during certain time periods. They are special pieces by artists who represent the best of the best. Many of the earlier pieces are one-of-a-kind, while others were produced in quantity after manufacturing techniques were available, such as the invention of the Jacquard loom.

We invite you to explore our collection of religious textiles and find the one that speaks to you in a way that has that special connection to the sublime.

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