Are Prayer Rugs Ethnographic?

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Posted by Irwin Kirsch on December 01, 1998 at 19:19:18:

Dear Folks:

1) One would think that weavings as personal as "prayer rugs" would be woven exclusively for self consumption. Was this in fact the case, or were many woven for sale outside of the family unit?

2) On Caucasian prayer rugs, does anyone have any idea or premise why many exhibit the mihrab attached to the guard stripes or borders while others are "free floating". Is there any significance that many Kazak Fachralo and Bordjalou prayer rugs have a re-entrant niche whereas in other Caucasian regions none are to be found?

Looking forward to your comments,


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