Turkish (Ottoman ) Bandirma Prayer Rug

The antique rugs of Panderma , are amongst the finest in all Turkey. These rugs can be divided into two groups, those dating from the 16th to early 19th century,The  Rugs in the first group tend to have dull and sedate colours, while those in the second are much more lively.

With the occasional exception proving the rule, Panderma rugs are exclusively prayer rugs. The prayer niche or mihrab which is outlined by a thin notched border is usually placed between two wide but shallow rectangular areas, one above and one below the niche.  The mihrab may be supported by two colomns, one on each side, while from the central pinnacle may emerge a (Kufic )motif that appears like a hanging lamp.

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