There lies a peaceful, poetic elegance to this piece. The softly, ivory colored ground of the prayer niche is marked by a ‘tree-of-life’ illustration – richly ornamented with flower stems and foliage. This piece may also be interpreted as a “pictorial carpet,” or “rug tableau.” That is, it is designed to be hung on the wall (or laid on the floor). The process of stylizing and preserving the form of such textiles requires a deep knowledge of craft as transmitted via weaving tradition through centuries in Persian culture.
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