Rare Composite Prayer Mat with angular prayer niche (mihrab).
The field has diagonal scrolling bent-tip boteh, with leaves and vines. The style appears to be from the Mughal period until the 1750s.
The buta style of the red border is associated with the period 1740s-1770s
Composite most likely created in the mid 1900s. Collected from the field between the 1950s-1980s by a world renowned collector and auctioned off by Christie's eventually.
Has stains and minor holes and has a backing.
Probably collected from India in the 70s-80s.
Acquired from Christie's (London)
511⁄2 x 363⁄4in. (130.8 x 93.4cm.) [to be reconfirmed]
Notes: Antique prayer mats hardly ever come up for sale.
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.