Modern Prayer Rugs: Devotion Meets Design
Showing during November
A selection of images from the VCUarts Qatar Modern Prayer Rug Competition and Exhibition is displayed on the Cabell Screen beginning Nov. 2 to coincide with the 7th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art.
The Materials Library at VCUarts Qatar recently sponsored a Modern Prayer Rug Design Competition. The competition challenged students from across Qatar to reimagine the Islamic prayer rug using traditional or unconventional materials, while honoring the richness and the values of Islamic culture and heritage. All entrants had the opportunity to work with the professional staff and the materials collections of the library to identify innovative and interesting materials for their rug designs. The competition was in support of the creative vision of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF).
The contest winners were:
- Grand Prize
- Sidra Sohail, VCUarts Qatar
- Second Prize
- Ahmed Al Nowfal Al Tamimi, Texas A&M University at Qatar
- Masa Jamili, VCUarts Qatar
- Third Prize
- May Makia
Hamad Bin Khalifa University (alumna)
- May Makia
More information about the competition, including additional photos and a list of Distinguished Achievement Certificate awardees can be found on the VCUarts Qatar website.
Featured image: The third prize design by May Makia