Central Asian Prayer Rug 02

(inclusive of taxes)


Material: Wool
Size: 2’3” x 2’8”
Origin: Baluch, Central Asia


This is a prayer rug woven by the Baluch tribes of Central Asia. When used for prayer, the rug is placed on the ground with the mihrab or arch pointing towards Mecca. Octagons containing stars cover the field of the rug and the mihrab arch is capped with the ram's horns motif, which is indicative of power and fertility.

Tribal carpets are typically made by nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes from various parts of the world. Their designs are different from modern, commercial carpets, in that they are mostly raw, abstract and somewhat naïve. Typically, women weave the carpets without a set design in mind during the weaving process, which results in the variations in the patterns, and the irregular shapes of the carpets. These “perfect imperfections” are the delicate nuances, that add to the beauty of each one-of-a-kind handwoven carpet. Every tribal carpet has a unique story that comes from weaver’s thoughts and expressions. Elements like flowers, plants, human beings, birds, and animals such as dogs, sheep and camels often feature, giving a base to the storyline.