Dagestan Prayer Rug with silk foundation
ca. 1850
43" x 50"
Textile, Wool, silk
Clear, austere style marks this splendid pile rug. The prayer niche, accentuated by a floral band with "Z" motifs, gives it a striking character. The diamond repeat is displayed with the clarity typical of the mountainous region of the northeastern Caucasus. The diamond repeat contains a profusion of flowering shrubs and sprays. Diamonds in a checker pattern symbolize the diversity of the world. The mail border displays the double "Z" - an abstract form of a erstwhile zoomorphic design that is characteristic for this type of rug. This framed by two secondary borders with the same stylistic elements as the bank around the prayer niche. On the inner edge of the border framework there is a reciprocal floral device guard-stripe.