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Shah Abbasi

Shah Abbasi

Abbas the great may be the most celebrated Safavid Shah and one of the most significant Persian Shahs in the Iranian late history and also a well-remembered fairy king in folkloric tales and songs. Enthroned in Isfahan he put an end on Ottomans’ encroaching and kicked the Portuguese invaders out of the Persian Gulf, tying his name with the climax of the Safavid Peace.
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Peacock

Peacock

The Peacock may symbolize the magnificence of royalty and the glory of the heaven as well as temptation and extravagant luxury. In India, Persia and Babylonia, the peacock is seen as a guardian to royalty and is often engraved upon royal thrones.
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Mother and Infant

Mother and Infant

‘Mother and Infant’, ‘Mother and Child’, ‘Mother and daughter’ and even ‘Pregnant Boteh’ are terms to name variants of Boteh motif in which one or some secondary boteh(s) are inside the main ones.
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Memling Gul

Memling Gul

Memling Gul is a common carpet motif named after the European artist Hans Memling (1430 –1494). He was a German painter who moved to Flanders and worked in the tradition of Early Netherlandish painting. He had used to picture carpets in his paintings.
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Lion

Lion

Lion is a well celebrated animal in the Persian culture. Lions appear on rock reliefs as well as textiles and carpets during the Iranian history, representing heroes, Shahs of Persia and even saints or holy spirits of various religions such as Mithraism, Zoroastrianism and Islam.
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Horse

Horse

Horses has been frequent figures in Persian rugs since the very beginning of the art. Actually they have been depicted on the most ancient piled rug found, the Pazyryk Carpet, woven circa 500 BC. The motif had a focal position in art and crafts of the area even before the date mentioned, most famously Zagros’ Bronze Age civilizations.
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Laleh Abbasi

Laleh Abbasi

Laleh Abbasi (Abbasi tulip) is the most iconic type of Shah Abbasi flowers woven amongst Khitaei foliates vastly by the Persian weavers. Though the motif named after Shah Abbas the great, in carpet and tiling terminology, it is a far ancient motif used by Egyptians and Mesopotamians as well as ancient Persians, being tied chiefly with Mithraism.
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Harshang

Harshang

Harshang is the Turkish pronunciation of kharchang (xarchang), Persian for the crab. The design is also called “flaming palmette” or simply crab design.
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Dog

Dog

Dogs are rarely depicted on Persian rugs. Examples are limited to hounds depicted on hunting garden designs, which are normally depicted naturalistically in fine-woven court rugs, and a stylized animal in Qashqai rugs and kilims, usually interpreted as dogs.
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Camel

Camel

Camels have been depicted since ancient times in western Asia, from Bactria to Mesopotamia. Bactrian camels with two humps are more iconic in Iranian visual culture but single-humped ones are not rare.
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Tabriz Haj Jalili Rugs

Tabriz Haj Jalili Rugs

Haj Jalil is a rather mysterious figure in Tabriz rug history. Some speak precisely about intellectual affairs he concerned about while others deny his actual existence at all.
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Shirvan Rugs

Shirvan Rugs

Shirvan (Şirvan, Shervan, Šervān) a region of Eastern Transcaucasia, known by this name in both early Islamic and more recent times, and now (since 1994) substantially within the independent Azerbaijan Republic, being bounded by Iran on the south, Armenia on the west, and Daghestan of Russia on its north.
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