Niche Rug with Floral Field

late 16th century

The Khalili Collections

The Khalili Collections

The elegant niche suggests that this was a prayer rug, to be hung on a wall in the direction of Mecca, however, and not spread on the ground. Niches with such elaborate floral decoration appear in Ottoman art soon after 1550, as on tilework in the mosque of Rüstem Pasha (d 1561) in Istanbul.


  • Title: Niche Rug with Floral Field
  • Date Created: late 16th century
  • Location Created: Cairo, Egypt (Ottoman court manufactury)
  • Medium: wool and cotton pile on a wool foundation

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