• Imperial Threads Çintamani Motifs

    Çintamani Motifs

The word çintamani comes from Sanskrit and means ‘auspicious jewel’. In Ottoman art it refers to a design mainly used on textiles and ceramics, which is composed of three circles accompanied most of the time by two wavy lines, also known as ‘tiger stripes’ and ‘leopard spots’. In the Ottoman context, it became symbolic of strength and power and was also considered to bring good luck.

Çintamani Prayer Rug

Ottoman, West Anatolia (Selendi or Ushak)

Late 16th – early 17th century

Wool pile weaving

151 x 197 cm

MIA.2013.149

 

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