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A square-format prayer rug, about 48 x 48 inches in size, shows pairs of mulitcolored hands on each side of ascending stepped arches. This pattern is most often found on flatwoven rugs made in the brocaded jijim technique. In this piece, probably made in the Karaman region of central Anatolia in the second half of the 19th century, the long-staple knotted wool pile is thick and many rows of dark brown undyed wefts are inserted between each row of knots.

Dennis Dodds Collection