A new type of carpets was born which encompassed long-established techniques, qualitative materials and brand new religious influences – Persian prayer rugs.
Prayer rugs, despite their undeniable artistic value, are objects of religious significance. They serve Moslems during prayer that involves prostration, kneeling and sitting, as the insulation from the ground. Moreover, they help to satisfy the condition regarding cleanness during the prayer, which is one of the most crucial Islamic prescripts. A devoted follower worships Allah five times a day and thanks to a handy prayer rug is never caught in the wrong place for the rite. Interestingly enough, the role of prayer rugs does not end there. Purity does not limit solely to a clean spot on the floor– a person is also compelled to perform the ablution. Many prayer rugs contain symbols of a comb and a pitcher to remind the believers about the obligation.
Persian prayer rugs are arranged in a particular way. The central part is always occupied by the niche – the equivalent of a mihrab in a mosque. During prayer the arched end of the niche should be turned towards Mecca, just as the worshipper who, when prostrating, is supposed the lay his forehand on the arch and place his hands at sides. Very often the motifs of hands and feet also appear on prayer carpets to help newly converted Moslems niche themselves on a rug. There is a number of religion-related motifs that frequently appear on prayer rugs, but the Persian ones are distinguished specifically by the Tree of Life. This esteemed pattern is among the oldest and the most renowned. In various cultures Tree of Life was attributed with different meanings but in Islam it is a symbol of eternal life.
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