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Member Program: Prayer Carpets in The Textile Museum Collection

Prayer carpet


Prayer carpets play an integral role in Islamic prayer. While used as functional objects, they also convey metaphorical meanings. Muslims place these knotted-pile carpets on the ground for their daily prayers—creating a mentally, spiritually and physically clean space. In this virtual talk, Senior Curator Sumru Belger Krody will explore the history of prayer carpets, the context in which they are used, and the universality of their function, size and design aesthetics across Islamic cultures.

About Sumru Belger Krody

Sumru Belger Krody joined The Textile Museum in 1994 and was appointed senior curator in 2011. She is editor in chief of The Textile Museum Journal. Born in Izmir, Turkey, Krody specializes in textiles from the late antique era and from the Islamic world. She has curated or co-curated 13 exhibitions, and authored or co-authored seven exhibition-related publications, along with numerous articles and book chapters. Krody holds a bachelor’s degree in classical archaeology from Istanbul University and a master’s in classical archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Textile Society of America and Centre International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens.

How to Participate

You can register for this program online. After you register, we will email you a link and instructions for joining our program online via Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (1 p.m. EST). When you register, you can also ask to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.  

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