Kirshehir Prayer 170x110cms


Central Anatolia Circa 1860 Worn, holes. Published in Peter & Wivienne Winch "Antique Turkish Rugs". Book sold with the rug.

Prayer rugs or "seccade" carpets were among the most popular rugs woven in Anatolia. Common features are the characteristic niche design evoking the mihrab or prayer niche and the smaller size that makes such carpets suitable for individual use. Departing from classical Ottoman court carpets, distinct designs and styles were created over time in villages and smaller towns of Anatolia, explaining the existence of a variety of types. This example from Kirshehir in western Turkey shows a stylized niche as well a distinct color palette.