Mauve Agra Jail Cotton Prayer Rug

An individual hand-woven cotton prayer niche, from Agra Jail. Simple design in striking mauve colour. It is likely that this was originally woven, nearly 100 years ago, as part of a long "saf" or family prayer rug consisting of many niches side-by-side, and used in a mosque.

Weaving of carpets and dhurries in Indian jails was originally introduced by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. He brought master weavers from Persia to teach inmates and, over time, their styles developed through the combination of Indian patterns into the traditional Mughal designs. Jail carpets, such as those from Agra, Amritsar and Lahore, are immensely collectable today.

Country of Origin: India

Size: 3'9'' x 2'6''

Age: circa 1930

Material: Cotton

Product Code: A10-131

Price: Rs30,000

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