prayer rug

prayer rug

[prair]
noun
a small rug upon which a Muslim kneels and prostrates himself during his devotions.

Origin:
1900–05

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prayer rug (prɛə)
 
n
Also called: prayer mat the small carpet on which a Muslim kneels and prostrates himself while saying his prayers

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prayer rug definition


A mat upon which Muslims kneel to say their prayers.

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prayer rug

one of the major types of rug produced in central and western Asia, used by Muslims primarily to cover the bare ground or floor while they pray. Prayer rugs are characterized by the prayer niche, or mihrab, an arch-shaped design at one end of the carpet. The mihrab, which probably derives from the prayer niche in mosques, must point toward Mecca while the rug is in use.

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