wall hanging

Rectangular wall hanging of black velvet onto which motifs are couched in gold-coloured metal strips and embellished with sequins. The central area is filled with a text from the Qur'an, the 'ayat kursi', or 'throne verse', the 255th verse (ayah) of the second chapter (sura) of Al Qur'an in Arabic script, contained within a cartouche formed of waves within a double scalloped border. At each corner is a large foliate motif encircling a circular motif in each of which is a phrase in Arabic. The hanging is surrounded by an inner border of wave shapes and an outer scrolling foliate one, which has a break in it at top centre.

to be hung on the wall inside the home

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