Prayer carpet detail with design of five niches


Prayer and Transcendence



February 18-July 1, 2023

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

Support for this exhibition and related programming is provided by Aramco Americas, the Bruce P. and Olive W. Baganz Fund for The Textile Museum Exhibitions and Publications, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the Markarian Foundation.