Prayer niche rugs have a special place in the hearts of rug collectors and designers. They feature a special design, known as a Mihrab, that is meant to resemble the prayer niches found in mosques. They were designed to cover the floor and ground during the daily prayers of those of the Islamic faith. Even though they are designed for a specific purpose, many find them to be beautiful additions to an elegant room design.
Prayer rugs are often densely adorned with intricate designs that mimic the tessellated patterns found on the walls of mosques. Floral patterns are a popular motif and recall the story of the Garden of Eden. Many of the motifs are also meant to serve as reminders to the faithful about certain aspects of prayer practice. For instance the vases overflowing with water remind the practitioner to wash their hands. The point of the mihrab must always point toward Mecca and the direction of the pilgrimage.
This breathtaking piece was woven in Tehran in the early part of the twentieth century. It is beautifully detailed and features rich, vibrant colors. The rug is a smaller piece and the average size for a prayer rug. Many use prayer rugs as part of their room decor. This one could be used to define a conversation area, or it is small enough to be mounted and hung on the wall as a decorative piece of artwork.
The design portrays a beautiful garden vista and is an excellent way to incorporate a nature-inspired theme into your space. The design inspires you to remember our human connection to the natural world that has been created for us to enjoy. The overall feel of the rug has a calming effect and will help you transform your space into a place of relaxation and reflection.
This piece is both gorgeous and inspiring. It exemplifies the level of artistry Tehran weavers were able to achieve. This rug is the perfect way to bring a bit of the natural world to the indoors. Our rug specialists will be happy to answer any questions you might have about this piece or any of the other fine pieces in our collection.