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ORIENTAL RUGS DICTIONARY

Cemetery Rugs

 

Cemetery rugs are traditionally woven by all members of the family. In the home of the deceased, his body is with a cemetery rug, called Mazarlik in Turkish. In areas that wood is a rare commodity, and coffins are difficult to be made, the corps is carried to the grave on a carpet of this type. These rugs are generally handled down from generation to generation, but a small number is sold. Each Cemetery Rug contains three symbolic motifs often repeated several times:

   - The prayer-niche signifying piety.

   - The willow as a sign of mourning

   - Cypress tree symbolizing immortality.