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Prayer Rugs of Iran
 
  Salting Type Prayer Rug  
 
Prayer Rugs have been made for a long time in Iran. This Salting type prayer rug dates to the latter part of the reign of Shah Tahmasp circa 1565. Still Persian prayer rugs are less common than we see with their Sunni neighbors. Turkish prayer rugs are rather common as I explored in my Guide To Turkish Prayer Rugs as they are in the Caucasus and with the Baluch in Afghanistan.


The World's Largest Prayer Carpet

Certainly the largest if not the greatest prayer rug of all time is the The Carpet of Wonder at an amazing 4343 square meters. This rug was woven by our dear friends at Iran Carpet Co.


The question sometimes arises at times concerning use. Do people really pray on Prayer rugs?

Here is Sultan Qaboos bin Said with thousands of friends May 5, 2001 at the opening of the largest largest Mosque in the world praying on the largest hand woven rug in the world, the Carpet of Wonder.



The World's Largest Prayer Carpet

Certainly the largest if not the greatest prayer rug of all time is the The Carpet of Wonder at an amazing 4343 square meters. This rug was woven by our dear friends at Iran Carpet Co.

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Kashan Prayer Rugs

Uncle Jimmy Keshishian used to tell me that Kashan rugs have a reputation as a dealers rug. People who know Persian rugs know Kashan. See my Guide to Kashan Rugs & Carpets




Tabriz Prayer Rugs

Tabriz has a long tradition of formal prayer rugs usually with pillars. Many of them are attributed to the great weaving master Hajji Jalili. See also Guide to Tabriz Rugs & Carpets




Kerman Prayer Rugs

Kerman has been a major weaving center since at least the reign of Shah Abbas. See also my Guide to Kerman Persian Oriental Rugs and Carpets


Lavar Kerman Prayer Rug late 19th c Lot 57



Qum Prayer Rugs

Kerman has been a major weaving center since at least the reign of Shah Abbas. See also my Guide to Kerman Persian Oriental Rugs and Carpets


Qum is a fairly recent weaving center. Major production of rugs only started up in the early 20th century. See also my Guide to Qum Rugs and Carpets



Baluch Prayer Rugs

One of the most prolific weavers of prayer rugs are the Baluchi and their neighbors.

The James Blackmon Baluch Prayer Rug

Herat Ltd. Group A blue ground Timuri prayer rug c. 1850-1875

W&W Baluch Timuri Prayer Rug late 19th C. lot 249

W&W Sistan Baluch Rug C. 1920 lot 253




Meshkin Prayer Rugs

M.Tehrani Meshkin Prayer Rug




Qashqai Prayer Rugs

The Qashqai are not prolific weavers of prayer rugs but they did make interesting rugs inspired by the Mughal Millefluers prayer rugs. See my Guide to Qashqai Rugs


 
 
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