A Magnificent Antique Turkish Konya Prayer Rug, Country of Origin: Turkey, Circa Date: 1900 – Konya is an ancient Turkish city that has been home to many ancient cultures and traditions. Legend has it that this city was the first city to rise after the great flood. It has certainly given rise to a rich and diverse culture of religious traditions throughout the ages. Konya is known for colorful and tribal rugs that reflect centuries of tradition. It is a place of pilgrimage for Muslims, and the city has a variety of both Christian monuments and beautiful mosques.
This rug features a design that is known as the mihrab. The area rugs with this pattern were created to be used in required daily prayers of the Islamic faith. The design featured in these antique rugs represents the prayer niche that is found in mosques. Antique Muslim Prayer rugs come in many different rug sizes. Some were large and used in public spaces within the mosques. Smaller rugs were meant to be used in the home or to be able to be transported easily.
Prayer rugs have a special place in the practice of Islam, as well as Islamic art history, and this one is special because it also gives us a glimpse into the cultural diversity of the area. The antique Turkish Konya rugs are known for their tribal design rugs with ancient symbols that go back millennia.
This Konya rug uses these ancient symbols above the mihrab against a blue background in a way that looks like stars in the night sky. The eight-pointed star is a tribal symbol that represents man’s connection with the cosmos. The ancient religions that were once a part of the city believed that the stars influenced man’s earthly desires.
This is a fascinating antique Turkish rug because it honors both the ancient and more recent cultural influences of the area. It represents a blending of these traditions. This is a beautiful piece that will be treasured by rug collectors and anyone who wants to add a unique antique Turkish Konya rug from the turn of the century to their collection.