Textile Art

Textile art encompasses rugs, carpets and silk adornments. Many provide practical usage in daily life, such as floor coverings, prayer rugs, coverings for religious objects, cushions and wall coverings to provide architectural enrichment to a room.

Carpet weaving is a rich and deeply embedded tradition in Islamic societies. Initially a nomadic tradition, many centres of carpet weaving emerged in the later centuries.

Famous centres of carpet weaving were located in Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Central Asia, India, Spain and the Balkans. The great artisans in these centres of excellence produced some of the finest rugs ever known to man but retained the Islamic tradition of humility in front of God, where they would intentionally leave a flaw in their “masterpiece”, which emphasises the one and only “perfect” existence in the world, God, who is pure and flawless.