More mysteries


Here is a set of images from three variations on a theme we’re still finding hard to interpret. Some elements are clear: the four-barrel anti-aircraft gun appears like the fingers of a hand in the bootom register. In the center is a tank. At the top is the form I call the “ragged mihrab” which also appears in different contexts in other rugs, discussed at length, with other examples, here. So, from the mihrab form, perhaps this rug can also be categorised as a prayer rug. Noteworthy also is the small element at the bottom right of the rug where an element penetrates the frame and intrudes into the border design. Can any readers shed further light on any of these mysteries?







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