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Manufactured by:
Unidentified  Search this
Owned by:
Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, American, 1933 - 2008  Search this
Medium:
yarn with thread, cloth, plastic and metal
Dimensions:
H x W x D (with fringe): 47 1/4 × 25 7/8 × 3/16 in. (120 × 65.7 × 0.5 cm)
H x W x D (without fringe): 40 3/4 × 25 7/8 × 3/16 in. (103.5 × 65.7 × 0.5 cm)
Place made:
Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany, Europe
Date:
1980s
Description:
The prayer rug is a low-pile carpet with a primarily gray-blue background with black and white design details. The design featured in the top third of the rug is the image of an architectural dome with a small floral spire at the top. Below the dome is a geometric pattern running horizontally across the rug. Below the geometric pattern in the lower two-thirds of the rug is a stylized architectural interior with geometric columns on either side of the space. At the top of the columns is a stylized arch of floral and scalloped patterns. At the top of the arch, attached to the rug, is a white plastic compass. The compass is a Qibla directional compass. Below the compass needle, at the bottom, is the manufacturer information [HILAL / Tel. 069-28 77 69 / Praying carpets / W.-Germany]. Below the compass, in the center, is a floral motif. Surrounding the edges of the rug is a border with a floral pattern. At the top and bottom of the rug is white fringe.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Identity  Search this
Men  Search this
Religion  Search this
Religious groups  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Laila Muhammad, Daughter of Imam W. Deen Mohammed
Object number:
2015.133.1
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Textiles
Religious and Sacred Objects
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd59290749c-74af-4446-899c-7f4c954fe0ba
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2015.133.1