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A10350 Prayer rug, wool / knotted pile, traditional Turkish Yürük design, woven by Döne Solak, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1984. Click to enlarge.

Turkish prayer rug

Made
The main significance of this rug lies in the fact that it was commissioned from a Sydney-based Turkish weaver, Döne Solak, to accompany the exhibition 'Unravelling the rug puzzle' which was held at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1984. The exhibition was a joint undertaking of the Museum and the Oriental Rug Society of NSW and its aim was to emphasise the art and traditional technology of oriental rug making and to show the craft in relation to the social and cultural context of …

Summary

Object No.

A10350

Object Statement

Prayer rug, wool / knotted pile, traditional Turkish Yürük design, woven by Döne Solak, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1984

Physical Description

A rectangular, symmetrically knotted prayer rug with a fringe at each end, in as-new condition. The central field features a mihrab, or niche, on a dark red ground. The mihrab contains rows of mulit-coloured star-shaped ornaments and 's' motifs, with two pairs of opposing blue 'muska' (triangular shaped amulets) divided by blue 'ram's horn' bars. The mihrab is outlined in green with a 'laleh-abrassi' border with 'latch hooks' in ivory surrounding it.

The main border consists of a blue zig-zag and ram's horn design on a brown ground bordered with red guard stripes. The two guard borders, one yellow/camel ground, one ivory, feature a multi-connecting triangle and 'ram's horn' design in red, blue, yellow and green.

Marks

An inscription on the rug in early Ottoman Turkish running along the top of the rug in the main border in translation states: 'Made for the Museum 1404' (1984 CE)

Dimensions

Height

1800 mm

Width

990 mm

Production

Notes

This rug was woven on a brown wool warp on an upright rug loom, with two shots of brown wool weft between the rows of symmetrical knots. There is a small area of plain weave at each end and the selvedges are of four cables overcast in brown wool. The colours used are red, ivory, yellow, blue, brown and green. The brown and ivory shades are natural wool while other colours are created from synthetic dyes.

The rug was woven by Turkish weaver and Sydney resident Döne Solak, originally from Sultan Hani in Central Turkey.

History

Notes

This rug was commissioned by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences to accompany 'Unravelling the rug puzzle', an exhibition of oriental rugs and nomadic trappings curated in partnership with the Oriental Rug Society of NSW in 1984.

The rug was woven in the Museum during the exhibition by Döne Solak on an upright wooden rug loom which was made in the Museum's workshop to a traditional Turkish design and has also been acquired (A10351). There is an inscription on the rug in early Ottoman Turkish which translates as Made for the Museum 1404 [1984 CE].

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1984

Acquisition Date

8 June 1984

Cite this Object

Harvard

Turkish prayer rug 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 October 2021, <https://ma.as/169636>

Wikipedia

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