Prayer Rugs or Jaenemazas they call it forms one of the most popular gifting options when it comes to religious Islamic ceremonies or any other significant ceremonies like the Qur’an completion and is often gifted to newlyweds as well in South Asian Culture. For many not well endowed with Islamic culture, a prayer rug at most would be reminiscent of Alladin’s flying carpet from the Arabian nights and hence it’s quite understandable given the similar appearance.
A prayer Rug is traditionally used in Islam as way of a mat where one offers salah. Across cultures and geographies the length of the mat varies accordingly and there’s no such significant adherence to a particular length appropriated Islamically. There are certain common stock motifs used in such Prayer rugs like the Crescent moon, Masjid Al Aqsa. Masjid Al Haram, Mecca and Medina. Apart from such popular Islamic Imagery, one could also fish out the usual asymmetric, geometrical patterns or designs. One destination which is particularly famous for its rich intricate interwoven designs is Marrakech so much so that’s certain inspired patterns are even sold as wall -art. The souks (marketplaces) in such areas breeze with the flavor of mint tea haggling customers. No wonder such mats are increasingly found in European art.
You’d often find a variety of prayer mats donned in different materials like, jute mixed blend, velvet and polyester or even polymer. Such Polymers are used specifically to meet the demands of mobile Jaenemaaz i.e. mats which easily fold into a cover bag and could be carried by people who are always on the move. It also facilitates people who are travelling on road and hence wouldn’t want to soil their expensive or everyday Jaenemaz. And the fact that a foldable prayer rug is typically light -weight, it forms a better durable option for long journeys.
Other popular prayer rugs also include rugs specially catered towards the children. They are short in length and come in eye popping colors to induce them in the habit of offering salah while aping their parent in salah movements. Many young ones enjoy reciting duas and knowing the basics of salah while learning to perform on their own customized salah mats.