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Unique Tunisian Silk Rug

Unique Tunisian Silk Rug

  • Number 659

  • Type Workshop

  • Material Silk

  • Style Prayer Rug

  • Origin Anatolian

  • Size 180 x 120

  • Age 1903


There simply doesn't exist any other comparable piece to this pure silk prayer rug. It is closest in spirit to Ottoman silk carpets but is not quite the same. The expression of the bichromatic mihrab is distinctly Maghrebi North African, as are the columns. The octagonal star bears a dedication to "His Excellency the Wali (Governor) of Sousse", an ancient city in Tunisia. At that time the country was a French protectorate which may explain the Gregorian date used on an Islamic prayer rug. A fascinating fusion. A museum piece par excellence.

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