Shirvan Marasali prayer rug

Shirvan Marasali prayer rug
the eastern Caucasus
circa 1880
Size: 160 x 124 cm

Prayer rugs of this design, with small repeating patterns of stylised bushes within a lattice framework, have variously been attributed as Shirvan, Marasali and Daghestan.
Many were probably made as commissions, their relative importance reflected in the care and quality of their creation.
This fine example displays many interesting features including a myriad of small stylised animals and amulets etc. above the mihrab (prayer arch)