Member Program: Tour of Prayer and Transcendence

Detail of a textile with two arches side by side with floral and abstract repeating motifs
“Saf” (multiple-arch prayer carpet) (detail); India, Deccan Plateau, Warangal; late 18th century. The Textile Museum Collection R63.00.15. Acquired by George Hewitt Myers in 1950.


Join Senior Curator Sumru Belger Krody for an in-person tour of the exhibition Prayer and Transcendence. Krody will introduce classical prayer carpets used by Muslim communities across the Middle East and Asia through examples from the 16th through 19th centuries.

Another member tour will be offered on Friday, February 17, at 11 a.m.

About the Exhibition

In the Muslim faith, carpets create physically and spiritually “clean” spaces during the daily ritual of prayer. Drawn from the five collections, Prayer and Transcendence introduces the purpose and iconography of classical prayer rugs from across the Islamic World, as well as design comparisons from the Jewish tradition. Learn more about the exhibition

About Sumru Belger Krody

Sumru Belger Krody joined The Textile Museum in 1994 and was appointed senior curator in 2011. Additionally, she is editor in chief of The Textile Museum Journal. Born in Izmir, Türkiye, Krody specializes in textiles from the late antique era and from the Islamic world. She has curated or co-curated 21 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.

How to Participate

This program is for museum members and will take place in person at the museum. If you are already a member, please register online. If you are not currently a member, you can join or renew online.

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