This archetypical Fachralo prayer rug exemplifies the qualities for which great Kazak rugs are renowned. Drawing is simple but bold as is the palette of all three primary colors along with green, ivory, and brown. The wool is soft and lustrous and the pile thick allowing for perfect saturation of color. The basic format of the field incorporates a secondary niche at the bottom center, a formula which can be traced to Anatolian prayer rugs of at least the 16th century. Here, however, local Caucasian design, probably originating with classical embroideries of the 16th and 17th century, informs the drawing of the central medallion. Scale and spacing are perfect.