Category: Rug Symbols

Deer

Deer

DEER Deer Persian fellow deer is a kind of deer native to Iran’s mountains which has been depicted on Persian carpets for millenniums. Persian fallow deer are physically larger than fallow deer, and their robust antlers are bigger and less…

Chintamani

Chintamani

Chintamani Flag of Timurid Empire Chintamani is a well celebrated motif in Turko-Mongol tradition widely used all over the Orient on various objects from Amir Timur’s badge to the Ottoman royal rugs. Timur facial reconstruction from skull, by Mikhail Mikhaylovich…

Shah Abbasi

Shah Abbasi

SHAH ABBASI RUG Kirman Rug: Portrait of Shah Abbas 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…

Peacock

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…

Mother and Infant

Mother and Infant

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. Antique…

Memling Gul

Memling Gul

  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…

Lion

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…

Horse

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…

Laleh Abbasi

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…

Harshang

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. It is an all-over design of palmettes motifs with foliate extensions suggesting a crab’s pincers. Named…

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