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The field of this small rug is decorated with a lattice containing rectangular openings each filled by a diamond rosette with split tendrils projecting from the points. This motif is generally used in the field of Yaqub-Khani prayer rugs, but is occasionally found in other rugs as well. An outstanding rug which many would overlook due to its somber reddish-blue color. The unusually glossy sheet and soft, silky texture are due to the specially selected wool from which it was woven, plus a possible admixture of goat-fleece. The fine, predominantly blue and red wool reflects a violet sheen, or bloom in strong light. Because of its luster and dark colors, no photograph can do true justice to this rug.
Colonol Jeff W. Boucher, Alexandria, Virginia; given to Indianapolis Museum of Art (1996).