At first, it’s probably hard for the average person to tell a regular rug from a prayer rug. However, when you look, most prayer rugs have placements for hands and head, and may have an Islamic landmark woven into the rug.

Muslims use the mat to ensure cleanliness and to offer prayer in an isolated space. While this isn’t a requirement in the Islamic religion, Islam does call on its followers to worship in a clean area and to cleanse themselves for Allah for prayer. Prayer rugs are usually the most cherished items of a Muslim household.

This is a collection of beautiful prayer rugs that are both functional and works of art.