The Victoria & Albert
Karagashli Prayer Rug
Karagashli prayer rugs are very
rare. In the 2,045 Caucasian prayer rugs in Ralph Kaffel's data base
only 5 were Karagashli. This one was purchased in
1880 from Vincent Robinson of Wigmore Street,
London UK. by the Victoria & Albert Museum.
one interesting point is that the rug has some
wear and restoration indicating it was not new
when purchased by the V&A.
Warp: brown and white wool;
z3s, 2 brown threads and one white. 14 threads
Weft: white cotton z4s, 2
shoots, average 11 knots per inch.
Knot: wool symmetrical, average
Ends: lower incomplete 1/2 in
plainweave with white cotton weft. evidence of a
fringe with bands of off-set knotting. Upper;
incomplete 1 in plainweave with white cotton
followed by a narrow band blue wool weft,
evidence of a fringe with off-set knotting. some
Prayer Rugs page 180.
Special thanks to Marty
Olenschlager for the image.