Posted on June 04, 2017

VCUQatar is launching a Modern Prayer Rug Design Competition for students from across Qatar that challenges them to reimagine the Islamic prayer rug using traditional or unconventional materials. The entry deadline is June 17, 2017.

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 Materials Library at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar) is pleased to sponsor a Modern Prayer Rug Design Competition. The entry deadline is June 17, 2017. The competition challenges 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 will have the opportunity to work with the professional staff and the materials collections of the VCUQatar’s Art and Design Library and VCUQatar’s Materials Library in order to identify innovative and interesting materials for their rug designs.

VCUQatar launches modern 2 [qatarisbooming.com].jpgA panel of judges from the Qatar Luxury Group (QELA) Committee and VCUQatar will evaluate all entries based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance: Does the prayer rug design align with the theme of the competition? How well does it reflect Islamic culture and heritage?
  • Originality and Innovation: Does the prayer rug design demonstrate the re-imagination of the prayer rug using traditional or non-traditional material and/or innovative techniques? Does the prayer rug design honor Islamic values, culture and history, while at the same time proposing a creative, novel, and forward-looking vision of this archetypal artifact?
  • Aesthetic and Functional Quality: Does the prayer rug design invoke ritual use? Is it portable? Is it durable? Does it provoke wonder and delight? Does it invite the touch? Does its novelty distinguish it from traditional models and add functional or conceptual value?
  • Feasibility: Is the proposed design technically and practically possible within the context of the competition?

In addition to a monetary prize, the Modern Prayer Rug Design Competition offers the top finalists the opportunity to create a prototype of their rugs for local, regional and/or international exhibitions. The finalists selected for prototypes will have access to VCUQatar’s Art and Design Library and its Materials Library in order to realize the creation of their work. The entry deadline is June 17, 2017 and the finalists will be announced on June 26, 2017, with the grand prize announcement taking place in September 2017.

More information, including the guidelines and rules, can be found on VCUQatar’s website at this link: http://www.qatar.vcu.edu/modern-prayer-rug-design-competition

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