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Prayer Rug

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Manufactured by
Unidentified
Owned by
Imam Mohammed, Warith Deen, American, 1933 - 2008
Medium
yarn, thread, cloth, plastic, metal, and water
Dimensions
H x W x D (with fringe): 47 1/4 × 25 7/8 × 3/16 in. (120 × 65.7 × 0.5 cm)
H x W x D (without fringe): 40 3/4 × 25 7/8 × 3/16 in. (103.5 × 65.7 × 0.5 cm)
Place made
Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany, Europe
Date
1980s
Description
The prayer rug is a low-pile carpet with a primarily gray-blue background with black and white design details. The design featured in the top third of the rug is the image of an architectural dome with a small floral spire at the top. Below the dome is a geometric pattern running horizontally across the rug. Below the geometric pattern in the lower two-thirds of the rug is a stylized architectural interior with geometric columns on either side of the space. At the top of the columns is a stylized arch of floral and scalloped patterns. At the top of the arch, attached to the rug, is a white plastic compass. The compass is a Qibla directional compass. Below the compass needle, at the bottom, is the manufacturer information [HILAL/Tel. 069-28 77 69/Praying carpets/W.-Germany]. Below the compass, in the center, is a floral motif. Surrounding the edges of the rug is a border with a floral pattern. At the top and bottom of the rug is white fringe.
Topic
African American
Identity
Men
Ornamentation
Religion
Religious groups
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Laila Muhammad, Daughter of Imam W. Deen Mohammed
Object number
2015.133.1
Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Religious and Sacred Objects
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture