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Portable Mosques: The Sacred Space of the Prayer Rug - Travelling

Curated by Natalia Nekrassova

Exhibition Overview

An important element of worship within the Islamic world, the prayer rug is a powerful expression of world view, integrating local aesthetics and materials as well as textile practices shared across centuries and generations of weavers. Drawing on the TMC’s significant collection of carpets and rugs, Portable Mosques: The Sacred Space of the Prayer Rug features 30 prayer rugs from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Iran and Turkey created during the early 19th and early 20th centuries.

As part of daily life within Muslim cultures, the prayer rug is used several times a day, offering a clean and sanctified space in both material and representational form. Each has intricate and powerful symbolic meaning, enacting a transcendent space isolated from the profane world in which to concentrate in prayer. Through this symbolism, the prayer rug functions in effect as a portable mosque, fusing personal with collective experiences as well as physical and sacred spaces.

Additional Information

Content
  up to 30 prayer rugs from different regions.
Additional Resources
  Exhibition didactic panels, labels, educational resource guide, dvd produced by the TMC
Availability
  Please inquire
Duration
 
Full size:
   
Run FT/Sq. Ft
  Flexible
Security
  Standard
Facility Requirements
  Flexible space, professional museum environment
Rental Fee
  To be negotiated. For travelling exhibition package contact Natalia Nekrassova, nnekrassova@textilemuseum.ca
Installation view (2012) Photo: Jill Kitchener
Installation view (2012) Photo: Jill Kitchener
Installation view (2012) Photo: Jill Kitchener
Installation view (2012) Photo: Jill Kitchener
Installation view (2012) Photo: Jill Kitchener
Installation view (2012) Photo: Jill Kitchener
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