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Manastir prayer rug from western Anatolia

Made in Bitola, Macedonia, 19th Century.
A rectangular prayer rug with long symmetrically-knotted wool pile on a wool foundation. The field features a dusty pink stepped mihrab outlined in fawn, blue, red, white and brown on a lighter pink ground. The mihrab is crowned by a diamond shaped 'evil eye' motif and the mihrab and ground are dotted with square and diamond shapes in pink, blue, yellow and fawn. The wide border has a row of stylised rosettes in pinks, fawn, blue and yellow with black outlines on a white ground. There are two guard stripes; the inner stripe has a row of diamond-shaped motifs on a yellow ground, the outer stripe has coloured circles on a yellow ground. At each end is a narrow band of plain weave in blue and brown with two rows of twining in pink and yellow. The rug is finished with a warp fringe.
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