The Afghan prayer rug is as the title suggestes a rug or sometimes a kilim that is used to pray upon. Usually asymetrical in shape with a direction the designs usually feature mirabs or niche motifs that symbolise Islamic architecture. Some nomadic prayer rugs can be quite simple featuring a “Head and shoulders” design or a simple V motif indicating the direction usually crowned by a set of rams horns. These rugs are always smaller in size usually no bigger than 1.20 x 0.80m.
Antique Baluch prayer rug Kawdani from North Afghanistan. Very fine with a camel ground and featurung the old curled leaf border. (Needs a small repair in the selvedge top right but generally in very good condition.)