Museum of Applied Art
Late 18th – early 19th century
Wool; symmetrical knots
H: 160cm, W: 124cm
The oldest carpets preserved till today that were produced in Asia Minor date from the 13th century, from the time of the Seljuqs. Turkish carpets were exported to Europe from the 14th century onwards and that is when we start to find them in the paintings of the Italian masters, especially the Siena and Florentine schools. The best examples of the carpet art of Asia Minor, boasting exceptionally imaginative designs, can be found in the prayer rugs. In the centre of Kula prayer rug is a dark blue mihrab or prayer niche. In the middle of this field there is a stylised star-like floral design in the shape of a pillar. The inside edge of the mihrab has smaller flowers while the surrounding area is covered with large geometric, flower motifs. There are eight borders, of which three are missing at the narrow ends of the rug. One of the narrow borders is repeated several times, with the same geometric motif, but in contrasting colour combinations. The other borders have a floral motif. The colours used are blue, brown, red and green.
Ref. Stojanović, D., Orijentalni tepisi i ćilimi [Summary in English], Belgrade: Muzej primenjene umetnosti, 1971.
Purchased in 1954
Vitković-Žikić, M., "Odsek za tekstil i kostim", in I. Zorić (ed.), 55 godina Muzeja primenjene umetnosti: 1950–2005, Belgrade: Muzej primenjene umetnosti, 2005: 97–121.
Stojanović, D., Orijentalni tepisi i ćilimi [Summary in English], Belgrade: Muzej primenjene umetnosti, 1971.
"Prayer rug" [db_in_citation_dca] 2018. http://carpets.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?itemId=object;DCA;sb;Mus31;2;en
MWNF Working Number: RS1_002