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Kirsehir Mecidi Prayer

Kirsehir Mecidi Prayer

  • Number 201

  • Material Wool

  • Style Prayer Rug

  • Type Anatolian

  • Origin Anatolian

  • Size 346 x 106

  • Age 1850


A group of well known Ottoman rugs are called Mecidi (Majidi) after the Sultan Abdul Majid who reigned 1839-1861 on account of certain stylistic factors in carpet design which appeared during his reign. They are sometimes called Ottoman Baroque. The use of cochineal insect red is an outstanding feature and the sparseness of drawing creates a powerful graphic quality. Intriguingly there is a mihrab niche at the top suggesting this was a prayer rug. Scattered wear to the pile, fashionable distress that does not take away from the appeal and collectibility.

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