Prayer carpet - Namazlyk. Iranians. Kerman. Second half of 19th century
Prayer carpet is a widespread object in the Moslem world which was used not only for praying but also as bedding, interior decorations or components of funeral rituals. Such type of carpets are very easy to identify functionally since they all bear an all-Muslim artistic symbol of a mikhrab arch positioned in the upper part of a rug. Namazlyks with only one arch is used for individual call for God, family namazlyks usually have four of five arches. Big number of arches in the ornament showed that the carpet used for public prays in the mosques.