Lecture/Show-and-Tell: Caucasian Prayer Rugs

Austin Doyle, collector

Prayer rugs had important social and religious significance in the Caucusus and are prized for their beautiful colors and designs. Woven with special care and attention, prayer rugs are often more finely woven than other pieces from the Caucasus. They usually have a motif that orients the faithful to Mecca, and often have symbols of cleanliness and purity, such as the ewer (water pitcher), comb, and scissors. Bring examples from your personal collection and learn how to identify colors, structure, and other features to distinguish origin.  

Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings bring together textile experts and enthusiasts for a thematic show and tell of personal pieces. Free; no reservations required.

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