How to Make a Prayer Mat

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How to Make a Prayer Mat
A prayer mat is easily transportable for personal prayer in any location. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

A prayer mat, also known as a prayer rug, holds great traditional importance in the Islamic religion, reaching back to nomadic times. A Muslim's prayer mat can be moved to provide him with a private worship space no matter where he may be in the world. Prayer mats can be purchased in a variety of designs. You can also make them at home, enabling you to pay special attention to both functionality and the symbolism of the design.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Approximately 36-inch-wide bolt of solid, light-coloured fabric
  • Scissors
  • Fabric markers or fabric paint and brushes
  • Two pieces of fringe trim, 24 inches long

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut a piece of fabric from your bolt measuring 24 inches long. Lay out your 24 inch-by-36 inch fabric rectangle on your work surface.

  2. 2

    Decorate the rectangle using fabric paint or fabric markers. Draw intricate geometric patterns, soothing abstract shapes or floral designs. In keeping with Muslim proscriptions against idolatry and to prevent distractions from prayer, avoid realistic depictions such as people and animals. Make sure your design serves the true purpose of your prayer mat.

  3. 3

    Lay fringe trim along the edge of your prayer mat, width-wise. Sew trim to the fabric using thread in a similar colour. Repeat along the opposite side of the mat.

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