Offered by: Mayfair Gallery
39 South Audley Street London W1K 2PP , England Call Seller 44.207.491.3435


Antique Iranian Kalamkari prayer mat

$ 4,500
  • Description
    Antique Iranian Kalamkari prayer mat

    Persian, Late 19th Century

    Height 128cm, width 92cm

    Crafted in the late 19th century by skilled Iranian craftsmen, this cotton prayer mat features a plethora of religious and nature-inspired motifs.

    Its surface is adorned with a selection of patterns and motifs created using the traditional woodblock printing technique called kalamkari (or Qalamkari). The 400 years old technique originating from Isfahan, utilises only natural and local materials, celebrating and supporting the local communities.

    A selection of repetitive, organic motifs adorns the cotton textile. The patterns are coloured in various shades of red, cream, and blue, their design inspired by religious Islamic architecture, in particular that of a mosque. The central prayer niche (also called a mihrab) is identical in shape to that of the arch-shaped prayer niches found in mosques. Arabic markings feature above it.

    This Persian prayer mat is an important religious item and can be used as a wall hanging in both traditional and contemporary interior spaces.

    Artist/Maker: N/A

    Materials: Textile

    Ref: N-0120F

  • More Information
    Period: 19th Century
    Condition: Good.
    Styles / Movements: Traditional
    Dealer Reference #: N-0120F
    Incollect Reference #: 703119
  • Dimensions
    W. 36.22 in; H. 50.39 in;
    W. 92 cm; H. 128 cm;
Message from Seller:

Mayfair Gallery is a leading gallery in the field of art and antiques, holding a large collection of unique pieces for sale. The breadth of the gallery’s collection is wide, and includes items from a range of periods, styles and geographical origins, as well as works by famous artists and craftsmen. The main focus of the gallery’s collection is, however, on items produced during the 19th and early 20th century.

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